If your gums are receding, a gum graft may be something that you are considering. Gum recession exposes the roots of your teeth. This can cause the root surface of your teeth to become more likely to decay, as well as be more sensitive and prone to abrasion.
What To Expect With A Gum Graft
During a gum graft pieces of tissues from the roof of your mouth or from nearby healthy gum tissue are removed. Then the tissue is attached to the area where your gums have worn away.
There are steps you need to take when preparing for a gum graft. There are three types that will be discussed: free gingival graft, connective tissue graft, and pedicle (lateral) graft. These options will be discussed and recommendations made, based on your needs by your Boston Periodontist. Some things to keep in mind before your gum graft include:
- There is no need to fast or change your diet on the day before or the day of the procedure. You will just need to show up and the type of graft you will be getting will be confirmed.
- You will need to arrange a ride to and from your appointment. You’ll be given medication for pain and discomfort that may make it unsafe for your to drive.
- Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area where the procedure will be done.
- The procedure usually doesn’t take long. Once the procedure is finished the graft will be sutured up. You will likely then wash your mouth out with antibacterial mouthwash.
- Discussion of care will follow the procedure to make sure it heals completely.
If gum grafting in Boston is something you are interested in, please schedule an appointment with us today. Our team of dentists are experienced and ready to help you make the decision for gum grafting or give you other options.
Another Option: Pinhole Surgical Technique
If something less invasive is what you are looking for to help with receding gums, the Pinhole Surgical Technique may be what you are looking for. The treatment is usually done in one visit, and patients typically have needed only over the counter pain medicine for the minor discomfort they may feel post treatment.
When the procedure is performed the affected teeth are cleaned and prepared. Then the gum tissue is numbed with a local anesthetic. A small entry point is made in the gum above the tooth or teeth that need to be treated. Next a specialized instrument is used to free the gum tissues at the entry point and gently move the gums down to their proper position. Then a small angled instrument helps to pass collagen strips or gum graft material through the entry point and place them under the gums. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is beneficial to the individual by: improving their level of comfort, speeding up procedure time, and providing instant results.
If the Pinhole Surgical Technique in Boston sounds like something that would benefit you, our team at Dental Partners of Boston, is ready to help you feel confident in your smile again. Schedule an appointment today.