A dental implant restoration is a method of teeth replacement that offers long-term durability and a natural feel and function for patients. It involves the placement of a dental implant (a titanium dental post) into the jawbone, followed by attaching the abutment and prosthetic (crown, bridge or denture). The dental implant restoration process involves a consultation…
When is Gum Grafting Needed?
Gum grafting can be performed for restorative or cosmetic purposes. A gum graft might be performed to improve the way a person's smile looks or to protect their teeth from the effects of receding gums.
Your gums might start to recede as a result of brushing too hard or gum disease. This can lead to the gum structures that protect and support teeth getting pulled back, which then leads to the bone structures protecting the teeth becoming damaged since these structures and the teeth's roots are no longer being protected by the gums. Gum recession often goes unnoticed until it morphs into something more serious.
The process of gums receding occurs slowly over time, and it will eventually leave teeth roots exposed. This can easily ruin the appearance of a person's smile. Exposed roots also lead to increased sensitivity since they are not designed to withstand the temperatures of food. The roots are only protected by an outer layer of cementum, which is nowhere as durable as enamel. Gum recession will eventually lead to teeth becoming loose and falling out if left untreated.
What goes on during gum grafting?
There are three common types of gum grafts performed by dentists. The technique used often depends on the patient's oral anatomy. They include:
1. Connective-tissue grafts
This type of graft is typically done to treat exposed teeth roots. During the treatment, gum tissue is taken from the roof of the patient's mouth. A flap is cut open and gum tissue is extracted from it. The tissue extracted is then stitched to the gum tissue around the exposed root. Once enough tissues have been removed from the flap, it is closed back up.
2. Free gingival grafts
This type of graft involves extracting gum tissue directly from the roof of the patient's mouth. The gum tissue is then attached to the gum area that needs to be improved. This type of graft is typically performed to thicken thin gums.
3. Pedicle grafts
During this treatment, gum tissue is removed from areas near the tooth being worked on. A flap is cut into the area, and then it is pulled down or over the exposed tooth root and stitched in place. This type of graft is often reserved for people who have healthy gum tissue near the affected tooth.
Some patients and dentist opt for graft materials obtained from tissue banks instead of the patient's mouth. Certain proteins can also be used to stimulate the growth of new gum tissue. The dentist will usually go with what works best for their patient.
There is nothing scary about gum grafting
There is no need to be scared of getting a gum graft. An anesthetic is usually administered at the start of the treatment, so there is no pain involved. Most patients only deal with mild soreness and discomfort afterward. This can generally be managed with over-the-counter or prescription painkillers.
Stop by our clinic to learn more about gum grafts if you have receding gums, gum disease or long teeth.
Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Read our Yelp reviews.
Partial dentures are a great tool to improve your confidence and quality of life. They are removable artificial teeth, look realistic, and can be used for everyday tasks like eating and chewing. This allows people that need them to restore normalcy to their lives. In this guide, we will go over qualifications that make you…
Asking a dentist about the dental implant process, including crown placement, is the only true way to know if it is an effective replacement for your oral condition. Therefore, every patient should feel free to ask their dental professional questions about their recommended procedures or treatment options. Unfortunately, too much information is available nowadays to…
An emergency dentist provides the urgent dental care you need when you need it. Minor dental issues like cavities do not get significantly worse if they are not treated immediately, but issues like an infection can become a life-threatening issue during that period. People who cannot afford to wait for a routine dental appointment to…