Why Do I Need Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting in Boston is microsurgery to treat gum recession. Gum recession is common among those with periodontal disease, crooked teeth, and even brushing too roughly. During gum recession, the gums detach from the tooth, exposing the root to bacteria and food. When left untreated, tooth and jaw bone loss may occur, making treatment very important. Gum grafting is one treatment for more severe cases. Patients should contact Dental Partners of Boston if they are concerned about gum recession.
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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 and 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.
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 to 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
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 patient’s 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 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
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At Dental Partners of Boston, we are happy to talk you through your gum treatment options. We provide an advanced technology approach to dental surgery in Boston. You’ll be able to see what we offer with video, photography, and consultations.
Get to know our dentists via our website’s dentist profiles. You will get to know the team that will perform your gum grafting in Boston. We guarantee that you will receive the best care and get the results that you want. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.