Gum Grafting Overview
If periodontal (gum) disease has progressed into more complex phases, you might develop gum recession. This induces a raised gumline and visible tooth roots. At Buford Family Dentistry, a part of your gum disease therapy could consist of surgical gum grafting to revive your gumline. With many different graft choices, our expert practitioners will make a custom treatment plan to repair your gums. Speak to our office in Buford, GA 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.
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Best Candidates for Gum Grafting
Usually, gum grafts are performed to fix gum 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 which 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 (such as tongue or lip) can rub against the gums and lead to recession. During your appointment, our general dentists will examine your gums and decide if you're a candidate for gum grafts.
What To Expect with Gum Grafting
There are various types 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 starts 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 takes much more tissue from the roof of your mouth to build up thin gums. The next graft is a pedicle graft, which removes extra tissue from your mouth to where you need more coverage. At your initial consultation, our staff can help you select the type of graft to suit your needs.
Gum Grafting Recovery
It is possible to go home and rest following this grafting procedure; however, you need to recover for a couple of days. You should have a responsible adult take you home if you had intravenous or oral sedation. Our practitioners 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, then you shouldn't floss or brush while your gums heal. We will suggest a wash to help keep your mouth fresh. You might have to go back for another appointment so our general dentists can track your recovery and improvements.
Gum Grafting Insurance Coverage
In case you're using dental insurance, then a member of our staff will get in touch with your insurer and affirm your coverage. For remaining costs after insurance and also for patients with no insurance, Buford Family Dentistry takes several payments. During your appointment, we will discuss your estimated prices. Our team may also give you more information on low-interest financing to help make your care easier to afford.
Gum Graft Surgery
Surgical gum grafts are a restorative dental treatment at Buford Family Dentistry 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 at our practice in Buford, GA to find out more information about the advantages of gum grafts.