If you are experiencing gum recession, our periodontists and team might be able to help with gum grafting to replace the lost tissue in key areas. There are three main types of gum grafting performed at our practice:
Gingival grafts are performed in order to thicken a patient's gum in a particular area that needs it. A small layer of gum tissue may be taken from the roof of the mouth (the palate) and attached to the area experiencing periodontal recession. Both areas will quickly heal.
Connective Tissue Graft
A connective tissue graft seeks to cover where receding gums have exposed the roots of one or more teeth. Much like a gingival graft, this procedure takes tissue from the palate and grafts it at the affected area.
These grafts are performed using periodontal tissue from a donor instead of the patient themselves, which means less discomfort and recovery. These procedures can also cover a wider area of the mouth to avoid having an excessive amount of surgeries.
A soft tissue graft, also called a gum graft, is a graft of gingival tissue. A gum graft may be needed to correct gingival recession or improve the appearance of an uneven gumline.
During the gum grafting procedure, our periodontist will stitch grafting tissue onto the areas of the gums that need additional tissue. Based on your particular needs and desires, the tissue graft may be taken from another area of your mouth or from a tissue bank. When using your own tissues, the graft may be taken from the roof of the mouth or the surrounding gums. Our periodontist will help you determine which type of gum graft is best suited to your individual needs. In some cases, we may also use tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage your body's natural growth abilities and promote faster healing.
Our periodontist may recommend a soft tissue graft if you have experienced gingival recession. The gum tissues may recede if your smile is affected by periodontal disease; overaggressive brushing may also cause gum recession. When not treated with a gingival graft, gum recession may eventually lead to tooth loss due to lack of support from the gum tissues. A gum graft can also improve the appearance of your smile. To learn more about how soft tissue grafting can improve the health and beauty of your smile, we welcome you to contact our office today.
You can contact our periodontal office in South Ogden, Utah, by calling (385) 888-7414.