Over time, bacteria eat away at the healthy gum tissues (the gingiva) and cause the gums to pull back from the teeth. This leads not only to problems with teeth, but also with the way the gums appear. Many people complain of a “toothy” smile, or of teeth roots that are not protected and therefore lead to sensitivity or unappealing aesthetics.
What is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting refers to the procedure chosen by your periodontist to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession, or you may choose to have one to improve the appearance of your smile.
Before and After Receding Gum Treatment
Candidates for Receding Gums Treatment
Dr. Ari Moskowitz may suggest that you consider a gum graft (also called a gingival graft) if you have had periodontal disease that has caused gum recession. Gum disease is actually one of the most common causes of receding gums, which studies suggest affects up to 12 percent of the population.
What Are The Benefits of Gum Grafting?
- Your teeth will be protected, rather than exposed.
- You will have less likelihood of sensitivity caused by exposed teeth roots.
- You will have a reduced chance of losing a tooth to gum disease.
- You will reduce the areas where gum disease causing bacteria can hide and thrive.
- You will feel more pleased with your appearance.
Gum Grafting Procedure
During a gum graft, Dr. Moskowitz will restore the recessed gum line to a healthy appearance. This will be done by grafting tissues from another part of the mouth, such as the palate, or using sterilized collagen sheets to the affected gums. This surgical procedure is very safe when performed by a trained periodontist.
Dr. Moskowitz and his team will give you information on how to make sure the gums heal properly after you go home.
Gum Graft Surgery Patient Testimonial
Dr. Moskowitz performed gum graft surgery on me. He is very thorough in explaining not only how he is going to fix the issue, but how to prevent gum recession in the future. He uses advanced technology and procedures, spends time with his patients, and takes genuine care into ensuring they have the best experience. He took time to know me as a person, not just a patient. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, caring, and skilled periodontist.
Gum Grafting Recovery
After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort and bleeding. You can go home right after surgery and you are not required to take off work the next day. You have to eat soft foods for a couple weeks. The gums will be completely healed in about 6-8 weeks.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have experienced gum disease and suffer from gum recession, gum grafting may be the perfect treatment for you. To learn more, contact our office at (410) 744-6088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moskowitz.