A gum graft (also known as a gingival graft, soft-tissue graft, or periodontal plastic surgery), is actually a collective name that refers to many surgical procedures that are designed to cover an exposed tooth root with grafted tissue. In many cases, exposed tooth roots are the result of gingival recession and periodontal (gum) disease, but there are a few other causes, including trauma and overly aggressive tooth brushing. Some of the most common types of gum grafting include:
- Free gingival grafts are used to thicken the gum tissue. We use a layer of tissue from the palate to restore the affected area. Both sites tend to heal quickly and have no permanent damage.
- Subepithelial connective tissue grafts are used to cover exposed tooth roots. Once again, the tissue is removed from the palate’s outer layer to restore the affected area.
- Acellular dermal matrix allografts use medically processed, donated human tissue for the graft. Because the tissue is donated, we don’t have to take it from the palate, resulting in less pain for you!
Reasons for a Gum Graft in Newport Beach, California
Gum grafting is a common procedure that we perform with excellent results. There are many benefits associated with gum grafting, including:
- Improved appearance
- Reduced sensitivity
- Improved periodontal health
Gum Graft Procedure
Before performing the gum graft, Dr. Douglas Hauck will thoroughly clean the teeth to remove any present bacteria and calculus. Then, after administering a local anesthetic, he will begin the gum graft. Small incisions are made to the affected area, which creates a small pocket. After making a split thickness incision, Dr. Douglas Hauck will gently insert the tissue graft into the space.
Initially, the grafted area may appear slightly larger than your natural gums, but this will subside in time. Special material is used to protect the grafted area the week after the procedure, and within six weeks, your gums will be completely healed and uniform.
If you are interested in learning more about gum grafts, soft-tissue grafts, or any of the services we provide to improve your oral health and smile, please call Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. today to schedule your consultation with our dentist.