What is Gum Grafting?
When the recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defence against both bacterial penetration and trauma. It can also lead to root sensitivity to the hot and cold, and unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option. As gum disease progresses, gum recession occurs and worsens if left untreated. A gum graft can help to repair the gums, cover the tooth roots and reduce any associated discomfort.
Gum recession may be triggered by:
- Oral trauma
- Aggressive orthodontics
- Periodontal disease
- Harsh brushing
- Clenching or grinding
- Poor oral hygiene
Gum recession surgery, also known as root coverage, restores an attractive gum line and protects teeth. It is commonly performed on front teeth, but can be done anywhere in the arch, for one tooth or as many as needed. In many gum grafting procedures, the patient’s own tissue is used, usually taken from the roof of the mouth. A very thin piece of tissue is removed and carefully placed onto the area where the gums have receded. It is then carefully attached with fine sutures. Surgery is minimally traumatic, with thorough numbing and several sedation options.
Gum surgery is a low-risk procedure, and healing time in usually brief for a reasonably healthy patient who refrains from smoking.
At Mosaic Smile Care, we understand that any kind of surgery can be nerve-wracking and difficult. We ensure that you are comfortable and are given utmost care before, during and after the procedure. We will answer all your questions so that you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Give us a call today for a consultation.