Gum grafting is one of the most successful periodontic treatments out there, and it is highly recommended for oral problems like gum recession. Gum recession occurs when your gums ‘shrink’ in size or pull away from your teeth. In addition, you can also go for gum grafting for esthetic purposes, i.e. to improve your smile.
Gum Grafting Overview
A gum graft surgery removes tissue from a healthy part of the mouth which is then grafted to the problem area. This covers the roots and aids further growth. There are several grafting procedures. In such procedures, tissue is removed from the palate or under the palate, or even from the adjacent tooth and is grafted to the area of recession. This is a guaranteed method of treating recession.
Things you Should Know
Gum grafting it is highly invasive, and may involve heavy bleeding. The recovery time is also long, which is why periodontist only operate one or two teeth at a time. On average, gum grafting has a downtime of 2 to 3 weeks. Nevertheless, it should be repeatedly emphasized that despite the discomfort, gum grafting has been tried and tested over the years and is one of the most effective dental treatments out there.
Who Can Get Gum Grafting Surgery?
There are several types of grafting. While almost any can get a graft surgery where tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth (such as Connective-tissue grafts), you can only go for pedicle grafts if you have plenty of tissue near the tooth.
Alternatives to Gum Graft Surgery
Even though gum grafting is effective, it is not the only the way to treat gum recession. Sometimes, deep cleaning is all that is needed to prevent further recession. Another relatively new and equally effective method is what is known as the Pinhole Treatment which is minimally invasive.