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How a Gum Graft Can Be Used to Treat Gum Disease

Posted on 1/25/2021 by David Mugford
How a Gum Graft Can Be Used to Treat Gum DiseaseThe best way to reverse recession or treat the deep pockets that result from advanced gum disease is to have a gum graft scheduled. While gum surgery may make you feel somewhat concerned, the procedure is not time-consuming and is relatively easy. The following information provides you with further details.

Learning More about Recession and Grafting

To understand how a gum graft works, you have to know something about recession. Gum recession is a process where the gingival tissue around the teeth begins to pull away, exposing more of the tooth or its root. Recession can also damage the supporting jawbone. The periodontal condition often goes unnoticed until it reaches a more severe phase. When a tooth's root is exposed, because of the condition, the patient will experience more sensitivity. By using a gum graft, we can reconnect the gum to the tooth once more.

Types of Gum Grafts

When a gum graft is performed, 1 of 3 types of gum graft procedures may be executed. The type we use depends on a patient's specific needs. The most common gum graft is a connective-tissue graft. During this surgery, a flap of tissue is cut at the roof of the mouth and a connective tissue, known as subepithelial tissue, is removed and stitched to the gingival tissue around the exposed root. The flap from the palate is then sewn. We may also use a free gingival graft, which is similar to a connective-tissue graft. During this procedure, we remove a small amount of tissue directly from the roof's mouth and affix it to the treated gum. This graft is used for people with thinner gums that need additional gingival tissue to enlarge the gingivae. The third type of graft is a pedicle graft. During this procedure, a flap of gum near the affected site is used for attaching the gum. The flap, known as a pedicle, is only partially cut so the rest of the area stays attached. A pedicle graft is not advised unless a patient has extra gum tissue near the tooth being repaired.

Do you have receded gums? Would you like to know more about gum grafting? If so, give us a call and book an appointment now.
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