If periodontal (gum) disease has progressed into the complex phases, you might develop gum recession. This induces a raised gumline and visible tooth roots. At SEDA Dental, a part of your gum disease therapy could consist of surgical gum grafting to revive your gumline. With many different graft choices, experienced dentist Dr. Mauricio Antezana will make your custom treatment plan to repair your gums. Contact our office in Boca Raton, FL to find out more information on how gum grafting may mend your gums, cover your teeth, and also enhance the overall look of your grin.
Usually, gums grafts are performed to fix gum recession brought on by gum (periodontal) disease. Your gumline might be higher and your gums can pull back from your teeth. Exposed tooth roots can result in greater sensitivity. Less common reasons that may cause or lead to gum recession are aggressive tooth brushing or using a bad technique, frequent jaw clenching or teeth grinding (bruxism), and dental misalignment. Sometimes, oral piercings (tongue or lip) can rub against the gums and lead to recession. In your appointment, Dr. Antezana will examine your gums and decide if you are a candidate for gum grafts.
What To Expect
There are various sorts of grafts that will be chosen, according to your specific needs. Connective-tissue gum grafts are the most common kind used to fix exposed tooth roots. This starts by cutting an incision in the palate (roof of your mouth) to take a little flap of skin. The connective tissue is taken from within the flap and then grafted to your gums. A free gingival graft is comparable except that much more tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth to build up especially thin gums. The next graft is a pedicle graft, which removes extra tissue from your mouth to where you need coverage. At your initial consultation, Dr. Antezana can help you select the type of graft to suit your needs.
It is possible to go home following this grafting procedure; however, you need time to recover for a couple of days. You will also have to have a responsible adult take you home if you received intravenous or oral sedation. Dr. Antezana will explain your aftercare instructions, such as dietary restrictions and any prescription medications you will need to take. You might feel some discomfort or pain for a short amount of time after the operation, which might be minimized with cold packs and nonprescription pain medication. To prevent damaging the grafts, you should not floss or brush while your gums heal. Dr. Antezana may suggest a specific mouthwash to help keep your mouth fresh and clean. You might have to go back for another appointment so Dr. Antezana can track your recovery and improvements.
If you are using dental insurance, then a member of our staff will get in touch with your insurer and affirm your coverage. For remaining costs after insurance and also for patients with no insurance, SEDA Dental takes several payments. During your appointment, Dr. Antezana will discuss your estimated prices. He may also give you more information on low-interest financing to help make your gum grafting easier to afford.
Gum Graft Surgery
Surgical gum grafts are a restoration dental treatment at SEDA Dental, utilized to fix your gums, improve your dental health, and also help to make your smile look more appealing. If you have gum recession because of advanced gum disease or other reasons, schedule an appointment with Dr. Antezana at our practice in Boca Raton, FL to find out more information about the advantages of gum grafts.