• Gum Grafts with Metro Dental Care

    Gum grafts are used to correct issues with receding gumlines.

Gum Grafts

If your dentist has most recently mentioned a receding gum line, you might be a candidate for a gum graft. Oftentimes we hear patients concerns with gum surgery. Gum surgery really does sound worse than what it really is. A gum graft will not only protect your teeth from the damage that a receding gum line can cause, but it will also improve the appearance of your smile.

The reason that a receding gum line is bad for your overall dental health is because your gums will start to separate away from the tooth which exposes more of the root of the tooth. Ultimately if this is left untreated it can lead to more serious gum disease and other unpleasant issues like more sensitive teeth and tooth loss.

There are three procedures that are commonly used. Which procedure is performed will depend on what your dentist recommends for your specific needs. The three gum graft procedures that are typically performed are:

  • Free Gingivial Grafts
  • Pedicle Grafts
  • Connective-Tissue Grafts

The procedure for gum grafts is pretty simple. The dentist will start by numbing the area where the graft will be taken from. This is typically the palate or the roof of the mouth. Once the graft has been taken it is placed into position and stitched in place. Sometimes graft material will be used from a tissue bank instead of using anything from the roof of the mouth. The end result is that the graft will blend with the surrounding tissues which then creates protection for the root surfaces and strengthens your gums and also gives a more aesthetically pleasing presentation.