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 such as gum grafting very quickly when you notice the first signs of gum recession. Patients should contact Dental Partners of Boston if they are concerned about gum recession.
At Dental Partners of Boston, we take all microsurgeries seriously, including gum grafting. When it comes to gum recession, we want you to feel reassured and happy with the 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.
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What Is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting, also known as gingival grafting or periodontal plastic surgery, is the name for surgical procedures on the gum that covers the exposed tooth root surface. Gum grafting uses oral tissue that has been grafted. 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.
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What Are The Symptoms Of Gum Recession?
You may not notice that your gums have receded on some teeth. A great many patients don’t realize it 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:
- Teeth sensitive to hot and cold drinks and food
- Brushing sensitivity and tenderness along the gum line
- Tooth root decay
- Bleeding gums during flossing or after any pressure
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What Happens During Gum Grafting?
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:
Free Gingival Graft
This is a procedure that thickens gum tissue. The patient has some tissue removed from their palate and applied to the most affected area.
Acellular Dermal Matrix Allograft
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.
Subepithelial Connective Tissue Graft
Used to cover the exposed tooth root, this method also uses palate tissue from the patient.
Your dentist will talk you through the best options for your particular needs. If your periodontist decides that you need gum grafting they will thoroughly clean your teeth and remove any calculus and plaque from the surface. Patients will be under local anesthetic during the procedure to be comfortable.
Your periodontist will make a small incision in the affected area to receive the gum graft, whether from the patients’ palate or through donated tissue.
The small incision accommodates any need for sutures and enables proper healing of the gums. After the microsurgery, patients will need around six weeks to recover but will notice healthier gums.
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Why Choose Gum Grafting?
There are many benefits to choosing gum grafting over other types of gum recession treatment. These include:
- Minimal pain and discomfort
- Faster recovery
- Aesthetically pleasing results
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.
Gums Look Healthier
Periodontal disease is noticeable by the appearance of longer teeth, inflammation, and receding gums, which makes smiles appear “toothy.” 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.
Overall Gum Health Improves
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
Why Choose Us
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. 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. You will get to know the team that will be performing your gum grafting in Boston. We guarantee that you will receive the best care that we can offer and we will work closely with you to get you the results that you want. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation appointment.
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