Addressing Periodontal Disease with Gum Grafting
If you’re suffering from periodontal disease, you may have experienced the recession of your gum tissue and wondered what steps can be taken to reverse it. A gum graft could restore your gums to health and promote the regeneration of receded tissue. At Full Mouth Implants, expert periodontist Dr. Krauser will consult with you about treatment and facilitate your journey to healthy gums.
Connective-Tissue Gum Grafting
A connective-tissue gum graft is performed by connecting donor tissue to your gums in areas where your gumline is receding from the roots of your teeth. Added tissue may be acquired from the roof of your mouth or delivered, processed, and sterilized from a donor bank. The tissue is sutured to your existing gum tissue where it’s integrated with the surrounding areas and grows naturally to form around the base of your teeth.
Local anesthetics are used to ensure a painless experience while undergoing a connective-tissue gum graft. With the exposed roots of your teeth covered, you’ll be able to recover much more rapidly from periodontal disease.
Pedicle Gum Grafting
Pedicle gum grafting is the preferred method of gum graft for patients who have sufficient gum tissue growing near the exposed root of a tooth. During your pedicle gum graft, local anesthetics will be used to numb your gums for the duration of the procedure. Gum tissue surrounding your tooth is partially cut away from the gumline leaving one edge attached. This tissue is then gently stretched to cover the root of your tooth and held in place with sutures.
Recovering After Gum Grafts
During your recovery period, you may be instructed to temporarily adopt all or some of the following habits:
- Avoid flossing or brushing near the treatment site
- Use medicated mouthwash or antibiotics to prevent infection
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Refrain from eating difficult-to-eat foods
- Refrain from smoking
By adhering to the guidelines provided after your gum graft, you will ensure a rapid recovery and optimal therapeutic results.
Address Your Receding Gums Today
At Full Mouth Implants, Dr. Krauser will evaluate your condition and recommend the best course of treatment for periodontal disease and symptoms like receding gums. Contact our office servicing Palm Beach County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County, FL by calling (561) 627-5560 to schedule an appointment for consultation.