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Gum Grafting

As periodontal disease advances in your mouth, your gums may begin receding. When this occurs, there may not be enough gum tissue remaining to adequately protect and cover the roots of your teeth. You may not notice this is even happening until you experience an increased sensitivity to hot and cold in your teeth. When this occurs, gum grafting surgery is your best option to restore your gum tissue and  save your teeth.

gum  grafts treat receding gums

Gum grafting surgery

In a gum grafting procedure, a flap of skin is cut on the roof of your mouth and underlying subepithelial connective tissue is removed. This tissue from the palate is then surgically attached to your existing gum tissue and shaped to match your natural gumline.

Since there are multiple surgical sites, your mouth will be uncomfortable following procedure. The roof of your mouth will feel similar to having a burn from eating pizza and there will also some discomfort at the suture locations.

For the first two weeks following the procedure, you should follow a soft foods diet and eat only items like Jell-O, eggs, pasta, yogurt, soft-cooked vegetables and ice cream.

Following a gum grafting procedure, we strongly recommend that you take daily measures to prevent a reoccurrence of the gum disease that caused the gum recession. An oral hygiene routine performed at home that includes brushing, flossing and using an antibacterial rinse, accompanied with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are the best ways to keep your gums healthy.

The periodontists at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants are board-certified and highly experienced in gum grafting surgeries. Don’t trust your teeth and gums to anyone else. Call to schedule an oral health evaluation to learn if you have gum disease and what your options are to treat it.

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