A receding gumline is a serious dental condition that can result in many different negative oral health effects. Your gums protect the roots of your teeth and protect them from damage and bacteria. If your gumline has receded, your teeth are more susceptible to abrasion and sensitivity. Receding gums may also make you less confident in your smile.
If you are experiencing a receding gumline, then you may be a good candidate for gum grafting. Gum grafting is one of the many restorative procedures used by our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS to provide you with optimal oral health.
What Is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that can be completed in our office. Our team would determine if you are a candidate for gum grafting during an initial exam and consultation. During this exam, they will take measurements of your gumline. If it is determined that you need a gum graft, our team will discuss the procedure with you and help you choose the type of graft that is right for you.
There are three general types of gum grafts. The first type of graft is called a pedicle graft. During a pedicle graft, our professional will open a flap of tissue on your gums next to the target area and stretch it to the affected area. They will then suture this tissue into place until it heals.
The second type of graft is called a free gingival graft. A free graft is the most common type of graft. This graft is accomplished by harvesting tissue from a donor site. The harvested tissue is grafted to your gums in order to thicken and lengthen your gumline.
The last type of graft is called a connective tissue graft. During a connective tissue graft, our professional will harvest tissue from the roof of your mouth and graft it to your gumline. This procedure is used when there is adequate tissue at the harvest site to complete the procedure.
Gum Grafting Procedure
Our professional will begin the procedure by administering a local anesthetic. Our team always ensures that you are comfortable and adequately anesthetized before beginning any procedure. Once this process is complete, they will harvest the soft tissue from the predetermined location in your mouth. The most common harvest site is from your palate because there is generally plenty of excess material.
After the donor material is collected, they will then begin placing the material onto the procedure site. The material is sutured to your gumline in the needed locations. Once the material is sutured into place, they may have you rinse your mouth with an antibiotic mouthwash to protect you from infection. An oral antibiotic may also be prescribed if you have an elevated risk of infection.
The recovery process from a gum graft procedure is simple and involves minimal discomfort. The sensitivity generally only lasts for a few days and complete healing occurs within a few weeks after your procedure. If you are suffering from a receding gumline and think that you may be a candidate for gum grafting, our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS can help. You can reach our office by calling us at 915-213-3455.