Gum grafting in Encino, CA with Dr. Alfred Penhaskashi is a very common and effective way to correct receding gums for a healthier and more attractive smile.
Reasons to Consider Gum Grafting for Receding Gums
- Cover exposed tooth roots
- Lessen tooth sensitivity
- Lower risk of root decay
- Improve appearance
- Reduce risk of tooth loss
Gum Grafting Treatments for Receding Gums
Patients who have receding gums often have gum disease, or periodontal disease, which causes gum tissue to recede down the roots of the teeth. Receding gums not only reduces the natural protection teeth need but also affects the way they look, sometimes causing them to appear uneven and larger than normal. If gum disease is present, treatment is necessary before a gum grafting procedure can occur.
Depending on your level of tissue damage, existing conditions, and other factors, Dr. Penhaskashi can suggest one of three different gum grafting procedures:
Connective Tissue Grafts
A connective tissue graft is commonly used to return lost tissue to areas around one or more teeth. A flap is cut on the roof of the mouth to remove soft tissue from underneath which is transferred to the recession area and sutured. In time, the new tissue will blend with the existing gums for a natural and healthy looking gum line.
Free Gingival Grafts
A free gingival gum graft works in similar ways to a connective tissue graft and is often suggested for patients with very thin gums. Dr. Penhaskashi will take soft tissue directly from the roof of the mouth, rather than from underneath a flap, and transfer it to the receding gums site for a longer, more attractive gum line.
A pedicle graft is performed right at the recession site and is a preferable method for patients who may have receding gums but have not yet lost a significant amount of soft tissue. Dr. Penhaskashi creates a flap right on the gum line, pulls the tissue over the roots, and sutures it in place.
In some situations, grafting material from a tissue bank may be used to perform a gum graft instead of relying on the patient's own oral tissue.
After a Gum Graft
Patients who have receding gums treatment should expect to feel some tenderness after the grafting surgery. If a sedative was administered, someone will need to drive you home. Postoperative care includes using a prescribed mouthwash to control bacteria instead of brushing and flossing the treated areas, and soft foods are recommended for a time until the gums heal.
Gum recession is a serious oral condition that often requires treatment. Call now to make an appointment for skilled gum grafting in Encino, CA with Dr. Penhaskashi.