If periodontal (gum) disease has progressed into the complex phases, you might develop gum recession. This induces a raised gumline and visible tooth roots. At All About Smiles, a part of your gum disease therapy could consist of surgical gum grafting to revive your gumline. With many different graft choices, Dr. Cotham will make a custom treatment plan to repair your gums. Speak to a team member at our office in Rogers, AR to find out more information on how gum grafting may mend your gums, cover your teeth, and also enhance the overall look of your smile.
Usually, gum grafts are performed to fix recession brought on by gum (periodontal) disease. Your gumline might be higher and your gums can pull back from your teeth. Exposed tooth roots can result in greater sensitivity. Less common reasons that may cause or lead to gum recession are aggressive tooth brushing or using a bad technique, frequent jaw clenching or teeth grinding (bruxism), and dental misalignment. Sometimes, oral piercings (tongue or lip) can rub against the gums and lead to a recession. In your appointment, we will examine your gums and decide if you're a candidate for gum grafts.
What To Expect
There are various sorts of grafts that will be chosen according to your specific needs. Connective-tissue gum grafts are the most common kind used to fix exposed tooth roots. This procedure begins by cutting an incision in the palate (roof of your mouth) to take a little flap of skin. The connective tissue is taken from in the flap and then grafted to your gums. A free gingival graft is comparable except that much more tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth to build up especially thin gums. The next graft is a pedicle graft, which removes extra tissue from your mouth to where you need coverage. At your initial consultation, Dr. Cotham can help you select the type of graft to suit your needs.
It is possible to go home following this grafting procedure; however, you need to recover for a couple of days. You may also need a responsible adult to take you home if you had intravenous or oral sedation. Dr. Cotham will explain your aftercare instructions, such as dietary restrictions and any prescription medications you will need to take. You might feel some discomfort or pain for a short amount of time after the operation, which might be minimized with cold packs and nonprescription pain medication. To prevent damaging the grafts, you shouldn't floss or brush while your gums heal. Our team will suggest a wash to help keep your mouth fresh. You might have to go back for another appointment so we can track your recovery and improvements.
In case you're using dental insurance, a member of our team will get in touch with your insurer and affirm your coverage. For remaining costs after insurance and for patients with no insurance, All About Smiles takes several payments. During your appointment, our helpful team will discuss your estimated prices. We may also give you more information on low-interest financing to help make your care easier to afford.
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Gum Graft Surgery
Surgical gum grafts are a restorative dental treatment at All About Smiles utilized to fix your gums, improve your dental health, and also help to make your smile look more appealing. If you have gum recession because of advanced gum disease or other reasons, schedule an appointment with our practice in Rogers, AR to find out more information about the benefits and advantages of gum grafts.