Overview of Gum Graft Surgery
When gum (periodontal) disease has progressed to the advanced stages, you may develop gum recession. This causes a higher gumline and exposed tooth roots. At 32nd Street Dental, part of your periodontal disease treatment might include gum grafting to repair your gumline. With several different graft options, one of our experienced dentists, led by Dr. Brett Cotham, will produce your personal treatment plan to restore your receding gums. Get in touch with our office in Joplin, MO to learn more about how surgical gum grafts can fix your gums, protect your teeth, and improve the look of your smile.
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Best Candidates for Gum Graft Surgery
Typically, gums grafts are used to repair gum recession caused by periodontal (gum) disease. Your gumline may be higher and your gums might pull away from your teeth. The exposed tooth roots may cause increased sensitivity. Other reasons that might cause or contribute to gum recession are brushing your teeth aggressively or with a poor technique, chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) or jaw clenching, and misaligned teeth. In some cases, oral piercings (lip or tongue) can irritate the gums and cause recession. At your consultation, our team will evaluate your gums and determine if you are a candidate for gum graft surgery.
What To Expect from Gum Graft Surgery
There are various types of gum grafts that will be selected based on your individual condition. Connective tissue grafts are the most common type used to correct root exposure. This involves making an incision in the roof of your mouth to create a small flap of skin. The connective tissue is removed from within the flap and attached to your gums. A free gingival graft is similar except that more tissue is used from the roof of the mouth to increase particularly thin gums. The third procedure is a pedicle graft that takes excess gum tissue from one area to cover your tooth roots. In your consultation, we will guide you to the best graft to meet your goals.
Gum Graft Surgery Recovery
You can go home after the surgery, but you should plan to rest for a few days. You'll also need to have a friend or family member drive you home if you were given oral or intravenous sedation. Our team will go over your recovery instructions, including dietary suggestions and any medications you need to take. You may feel some pain or discomfort for a while after your surgery, which could be reduced with cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. To avoid damaging the grafts, you should not brush or floss while your gums are healing. We will recommend a rinse to keep your mouth clean. You may need to return for a follow-up appointment so we can monitor your healing and progress.
Insurance Coverage for Gum Graft Surgery
If you have dental insurance, a member of our team will contact your provider and verify your benefits. For out-of-pocket costs after insurance and for patients not using insurance, 32nd Street Dental accepts many payment methods. During your consultation, we can go over your estimated costs. We can also tell you about medical financing to make your gum grafting fit your budget.
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Gum Graft Surgery
Gum graft surgery is a restorative dental procedure at 32nd Street Dental used to repair your gums, improve your oral health, and make your smile more attractive. If your gums are receding due to advanced periodontal disease or other causes, schedule a consultation with one of our talented dentists at our office in Joplin, MO to learn more about the benefits of gum graft surgery.