Gum grafting might be necessary if your gums recede, exposing the tooth roots. If you develop increased tooth sensitivity, visit Dental Studio of Pasadena in Pasadena, California. Their highly skilled experts use grafted tissues to cover the tooth roots and reduce sensitivity. Call Dental Studio of Pasadena or book an appointment online today to learn how gum grafting can ease your discomfort.
Gum grafting is a procedure your Dental Studio of Pasadena provider does to correct gum recession. Recession happens when your gums pull away from the teeth, exposing the roots. Gum recession can damage the jawbone beneath, so it’s not just a cosmetic concern.
Gum recession happens gradually, so you might be unaware at first that there’s anything wrong. After a while, gum recession leads to tooth sensitivity. Without expert treatment, gum recession can lead to teeth loosening and falling out. Gum grafting prevents this problem.
Your Dental Studio of Pasadena dentist selects one of these methods to perform your gum graft:
With connective tissue grafts, your dentist creates a flap of skin on the roof of your mouth. They take out some of the connective (subepithelial) tissue underneath. Your dentist sews this tissue to the existing gum to cover the exposed nerve roots.
Free gingival grafts resemble connective tissue grafts. The difference is that they use the first layer of tissue from your mouth instead of the underlying subepithelial tissue. This technique is suitable for patients with thin gums that need building up.
Pedicle grafts are flaps your dentist partially cuts from your gum in the area surrounding the tooth requiring a gum graft. They pull the pedicle (flap) over the exposed tooth root and sew it into place. Pedicle grafts are only suitable for patients with enough gum tissue.
Rather than using grafts from your own body, it’s possible to use donated tissue. Your dentist can discuss this option with you at your consultation.
Mouth tissues usually repair themselves quickly, so it might only take one or two weeks for the gum graft to fully heal. Your dentist instructs you on caring for your gum graft, like using a special mouthwash and only eating soft foods.
If you have a connective tissue or pedicle gum graft, the roof of your mouth will probably feel sore for several days. If so, you can manage the pain with over-the-counter medication.
Gum grafting is an effective solution if you have receding gums or you’re experiencing worsening tooth sensitivity. Call Dental Studio of Pasadena or book an appointment online today to learn how you can benefit from gum grafting.