Gum grafting in Boston is a dental microsurgery that is used to treat gum recession. Gum recession is common among those with periodontal disease, crooked teeth, genetics, and even rough tooth brushing. During gum recession, the gums detach from the tooth, exposing the root to bacteria and food. When this is left without treatment, tooth and jaw bone loss can occur, which is why it’s essential to get treatment very quickly if you notice the first signs of gum recession. Patients should contact us here at Dental Partners of Boston if they are concerned about gum recession.
At Dental Partners of Boston, we take all microsurgeries seriously, and when it comes to gum recession, we want you to feel reassured and happy with the method of treatment that we provide. We will talk you through the entire procedure before it happens and you’ll understand more about the reasons for the procedure beforehand. All patients deserve to be fully informed about all treatment plans, which is why we are committed to excellence in patient care.
Gum grafts - also known as gingival grafts or periodontal plastic surgery - is the name given to surgical procedures on the gum that have the goal of covering an exposed tooth root surface. This is done with grafted oral tissue. The leading cause of gingival recession is periodontal disease, but there are other common causes - such as rough brushing, genetics, and trauma.
Our dentists will discuss all of this with you, careful to answer all your questions, so that you are aware of the causes of your periodontal gum recession and the need for gum grafting in Boston.
You may not notice that your gums have receded on some teeth. A great deal of patients don't find out until they see their dentist who points it out for them. However, if a tooth root is exposed, you will be able to see it. Other symptoms of gum recession include:
There are three different procedures, and oral surgeons have their own preferences. They will judge which method to do when they see your gums. The three surgery types include:
This is a procedure that thickens gum tissue. The patient has some tissue removed from their palate and applied to the most affected area.
This procedure uses donated human tissue for gum grafting. Most patients prefer this method over using tissue from their own palate as with the free gingival graft method.
Used to cover the exposed tooth root, this method also uses palate tissue from the patient.
Your dentist will talk you through the options in front of you as well as their thoughts on the best option for your particular case. Once gum grafting in Boston has been confirmed, teeth are thoroughly cleaned to remove any calculus and plaque from the surface. Patients will be under local anesthetic during the procedure to be comfortable.
An incision is made in the affected area so that the tissue can be received, whether from the patients’ palate or through donated tissue.
The incision is only a small one, as this then accommodates any need for sutures and enables proper healing of the gums. After the microsurgery, patients will need around six weeks for recovery but will notice healthier gums.
There are many benefits to choosing gum grafting over other types of gum recession treatment. These include:
It’s a standard procedure done in the dentist's office regularly. The name sounds more frightening than the procedure, and patients are usually happy with the results. Some of the best reasons for going with gum grafting in Boston include:
When the tooth root is exposed, eating and drinking anything can become really uncomfortable. Extreme sensitivity usually brings patients to the dentist relatively quickly, and gum grafting in Boston permanently covers the exposed root. It helps to reduce the discomfort and restore gum health overall.
Periodontal disease is noticed firstly with longer teeth and receding gums. The gums are then inflamed, and the teeth look much longer than usual, which makes smiles appear “toothy” to look at. When you have gum grafting in Boston, you can make your teeth look shorter and more symmetrical, which then makes them more pleasing to look at. The adjacent tissue can also be enhanced and changed during the grafting for aesthetic purposes.
Periodontal disease destroys gum tissue quickly, especially when left untreated. It doesn't take long to lose gum tissue if left untreated, and gum grafting can halt tissue loss and bone loss, which helps the patient to avoid further issues
At Dental Partners of Boston, we are more than delighted to talk you through your gum treatment options. We provide a cutting edge approach to dental surgery in Boston, and you’ll be able to see what we offer with our video, photography, and consultations with our dentists. Get to know our dentists via our website’s dentist profiles, and you can get to know the team that will be performing your gum grafting in Boston. We can guarantee that you will receive the best can that we can offer for your gum surgery, and we will work closely with you to get you the results that you want the most. Contacting our office today will get you your initial appointment with one of our dedicated dentistry team. Don’t hesitate - your gums won’t wait!
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