Periodontal disease causes gums to recede from the teeth, exposing nerve-rich tooth roots to decay, as well as causing sharp pain from hot or cold foods and beverages. Gum grafting is a surgical means of correcting the damage done to sensitive gum tissue by periodontal disease. Some people choose gum grafting to improve the appearance of their smile. If you’ve got receding gums due to periodontal disease or other illnesses, our dentist at Weymouth Dental Associates in Weymouth, MA can fix your smile with gum grafting. There are options for gum grafting that your periodontist will discuss with you. The best approach is dependent on your overall oral health and your unique needs.
If you have thinning gum tissue, gingival grafts are a good treatment that will enlarge the gums. Your dentist will take tissue from the outer layer of tissue from the mouth’s roof and stitch it to the thinned areas. Another choice is connective tissue grafts. This involves taking tissues from the roof of the mouth, stitching that material onto the gums right over the vulnerable tooth root, then repairing the small area where the new tissue was taken from. Lateral (pedicle) grafts are recommended for people who have an abundance of gum tissue near but not over the exposed tooth roots. The tissue to the side of the affected tooth—the lateral tissue—is partially removed, with one edge remaining connected. The tissue is then stretched over the tooth root and held in place with stitches.
After Gum Grafting at Weymouth Dental Associates in Weymouth, MA
You will be able to go home immediately after the procedure. It’s necessary to have someone drive you home after the procedure, as you’ll be given pain medicine.
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If you’ve got receding gums, book a consultation with us today at Weymouth Dental Associates in Weymouth, MA!