Here at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC, we want you to feel healthy and confident at all times. If you’ve noticed that some of your teeth are looking longer or you now experience dental sensitivity much more often, it might be that your gums are receding, leaving part of the root exposed.
This is called gum recession, and it happens gradually so you might not know it’s happening until it starts bothering you. To correct it, we use gum grafting treatment, which can help reshape the gums and keep any further damage or gum tissue loss from happening.
A gum graft, also known as a gingival graft or periodontal plastic surgery, covers the exposed tooth root with grafted tissue.
Benefits Of A Gum Graft
Improve gum health: Periodontal disease can rapidly destroy your gums. Gum grafting helps put a stop to tissue and bone loss while preventing future problems and keeping your roots protected. Gum grafts create a improved visual appearance and thicken the tissue around the teeth which reduces the potential for further recession or loss of gum tissue.
Reduce sensitivity: Hot and cold foods and drinks can cause unnecessary pain when your roots are exposed. Gum grafting will permanently cover those roots, reduce your discomfort, and keep gums healthy.
Improve appearance: Gum recession can make your teeth look longer. Gum grafting covers the exposed roots, making them look more normal in length and more symmetrical
Types of Gum Grafts
Free gingival graft: a thin layer of tissue from the palate is used to thicken your gums.
Subepithelial connective tissue graft: a deeper layer of tissue from the palate provides root coverage.
Lateral pedicle graft: tissue is moved over from an adjacent area.
Acellular dermal matrix: We use donor tissue to avoid removing tissue from the palate.