When gum (periodontal) disease has progressed to the advanced stages, you may develop gum recession. This causes a higher gumline and exposed tooth roots. At SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach, part of your periodontal disease treatment could include surgical gum grafting to revive your gumline. With several different graft options, our experienced dental team will create your customized treatment plan to restore your receding gums. Speak to our office in North Miami Beach, FL to learn more about how gum grafting can mend your gums, protect your teeth, and improve the overall look of your smile.
Usually, gums grafts are performed to repair gum recession caused by periodontal (gum) disease. Your gumline may be higher and your gums can pull away from your teeth. The exposed tooth roots may result in increased sensitivity. Other reasons that might cause or contribute to gum recession are brushing your teeth aggressively or with a poor technique, chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) or jaw clenching, and misaligned teeth. In some cases, oral piercings (lip or tongue) can irritate the gums and cause recession. In your consultation, we will examine your gums and determine if you are a candidate for gum grafts.
What To Expect
There are various types of gum grafts that will be selected based on your specific condition. Connective-tissue grafts are the most common type used to correct root exposure. This involves making an incision in the roof of your mouth to create a small flap of skin. The connective tissue is removed from in the flap and attached to your gums. A free gingival graft is similar except that more tissue is used from the roof of the mouth to increase particularly thin gums. The third procedure is a pedicle graft that takes excess gum tissue from one area to where you need coverage. At your consultation, we will guide you to the best graft to suit your needs.
You can go home after the grafting procedure, but you need to rest for a few days. You'll also need to have a responsible adult drive you home if you were given oral or intravenous sedation. A member of our team will go over your recovery instructions, including dietary restrictions and any medications you need to take. You may feel some pain or discomfort for a while after your operation, which might be reduced with cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. To avoid damaging the grafts, you should not brush or floss while your gums are healing. We will recommend a rinse to help keep your mouth clean. You may need to return for a follow-up appointment so we can monitor your healing and progress.
If you have dental insurance, a member of our team will contact your provider and affirm your benefits. For out-of-pocket costs after insurance and for patients with no insurance, SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach accepts many payment methods. During your consultation, we can go over your estimated costs. We can also tell you about low-interest financing to make your procedure as affordable as possible.
Gum Graft Surgery
Gum grafting surgery is a restorative dental procedure at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach used to repair your gums, improve your oral health, and make your smile more attractive. If your gums are receding due to advanced periodontal disease or other causes, schedule a consultation at our office in North Miami Beach, FL to learn more about the benefits of a gum graft procedure.