Elongated teeth aren’t always a natural feature of your face. They could indicate gum recession, which is the exposure of the tooth’s root system, which leads to tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. At Ueno Center Dental Specialists in Campbell, California, the team of board-certified periodontists provides gum grafting to cover and protect the roots of your teeth and to improve the way your smile looks. Request your consultation for gum grafting surgery by calling the office directly or using the online booking tool today.
Gum grafting is an effective surgical treatment for gingival recession. When your gums start to recede, they invite bacteria into the crevices and spaces between your teeth. This can leave you vulnerable to more cavities and tooth damage, including tooth loss. Gum grafting protects the roots of your teeth and the spaces between them from decaying and wearing down.
During a gum grafting procedure at Ueno Center Dental Specialists, your periodontist uses local anesthesia to numb your gums. They choose one of these gum grafting techniques:
Free gingival grafts use tissue harvested from the roof of your mouth to cover your exposed roots. This style of graft is common around implants and teeth with poor quality gum tissue.
During a connective tissue graft, the most common type, your periodontist cuts a flap of tissue on the roof of your mouth and removes some tissue from under the surface layer. Then, they stitch it onto your gum line to cover your gum recession. Depending on how many teeth you need grafting, you may or may not have enough of your own tissue for this style of grafting.
A pedicle graft is a technique that your periodontist may use if you have lots of extra gum tissue near the area of your gum recession. They cut a flap of nearby gum tissue that stays attached in its original place on one side and pull the other side across your exposed tooth roots.
If you’re not interested in using tissue from your own mouth, your periodontist can use treated donor tissue for your gum graft. Donor tissues are treated, so there is no chance of disease transmission. There is no second surgical site from the roof of the mouth, and since there is an unlimited supply of donor tissue, many teeth can be grafted in one visit! Your periodontist will inform you if donor tissue is preferred in your case.
Gum grafting is recommended if you have the following:
Unlike other dental surgeries, gum grafts don’t require extensive preparation on your part. Your periodontist describes the procedure, so you know what to expect, but you won’t have to stop eating or change your medications before your appointment unless you are going to be IV sedated or have twilight sedation.
If you are going to be sedated, you must find a friend or family member to drive you to and from the office on the day of your procedure. The team at Ueno Center Dental Specialists gives you medication to manage the pain, and you shouldn’t drive while it’s active in your system.
If your gums no longer protect your teeth from sensitivity and decay, call Ueno Center Dental Specialists or reserve an appointment online to find out if you need a gum graft today.
Pinhole before and after photos
Removal of Class V composites to get root full root coverage
Exposed implants grafted