Gum Grafting Overview
Caused by gum (periodontal) disease and other factors, a receding gumline affects the health of millions of patients every day. Gum (gingival) recession happens when the gum tissues begin to pull away from the teeth, exposing the tooth roots. Unfortunately, this increases your risk for tooth decay and changes the overall appearance of your smile. To correct this, Dr. Jireh Yue and his team at Made Ya Smile Dental offer gum grafting treatment at our full-service clinic in Houston, TX. Gum grafting is a state-of-the-art periodontal technique that repairs and heals the gums. Our staff has years of specialized training in treating patients and will help you determine which method is best for your unique needs. To learn more information about gum grafting, schedule a custom consultation at our facility today.
Best Candidates for Gum Grafting
Most often, a receding gumline is the result of gum (periodontal) disease. It can also be caused by teeth grinding or clenching, teeth misalignment, aggressive brushing techniques, and oral piercings. Even genetics may play a role in some patients. If you are experiencing gum recession, your teeth may be sensitive to brushing and flossing techniques as well as hold and cold temperatures. Your gumline may have changed the overall appearance of your smile, including discolored gums or longer looking teeth. Any of these symptoms may indicate a receding gumline. To help our patients restore the health and comfort of their smile, Made Ya Smile Dental offers several different methods for gum grafting care.
What To Expect with Gum Grafting
A gum grafting procedure works to restore a receding gumline by covering the exposed tooth roots with tissue from your mouth or another healthy source. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our first priority is your safety and well-being, so if you are nervous about your procedure, we can discuss several sedation options in your initial consultation. We will also numb the area thoroughly to keep you comfortable during treatment.
There are several different ways we can approach your gum grafting procedure based on the condition of your teeth and gums. Pedicle grafts are ideal when there is an abundance of gum tissue located near a tooth with gum recession. In this scenario, Dr. Yue creates a flap in the tissue and stretches it over the tooth into place. The most common grafts are connective tissue grafts, which involve taking healthy tissues samples from your hard palate under the top layer of tissue. Free gingival gum grafts use tissue from the hard palate. If our team cannot use tissue from your mouth, Made Ya Smile Dental may use materials from a biocompatible synthetic source or a soft tissue bank. Tissues are sutured in place to cover the areas of gum recession.
As the site heals, the new gum tissue will be able to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding gum tissue for a healthier, even gumline. Patients with multiple areas that need care may need to schedule several visits at our facility to complete the gum grafting procedure. Our team will give you instructions on cleaning and caring for your gums at home moving forward.
Gum Grafting Recovery
Following the gum grafting procedure, Made Ya Smile Dental recommends you wait until the numbness has completely gone away before consuming any foods or beverages. You may also want to minimize physical activity for a few days after the treatment to help the healing process and allow the gum tissues to fully integrate into the gumline. If you experience any discomfort or gum tenderness, this can be relieved with a soft food diet, over-the-counter pain relievers, and cold compresses on the lower facial areas.
During recovery, Dr. Yue also encourages you to follow our suggestions regarding brushing and flossing so the grafted areas may heal properly, generating the best results for your smile. Plaque and bacteria buildup can also be kept to a minimum through medicated mouth rinses. Our staff will assess the area and help you schedule any follow-up visits as necessary with our team following the procedure.
Gum Grafting Insurance Coverage
At Made Ya Smile Dental, our administrative team will accept most PPO dental plans if you are planning a gum grafting procedure. Before starting your treatment, we will call your provider to understand if your plan covers gum grafting. If you do not have insurance or incur out-of-pocket expenses, our staff will review several convenient and flexible payment options, including low-interest financing with our third-party partner, CareCredit®.
Gum Graft Surgery
If your smile has been negatively affected by gum recession, a gum grafting procedure from Made Ya Smile Dental can return the health back to your gumline. Dr. Yue can help reduce tooth sensitivity by protecting the exposed tooth roots for greater comfort, improving your oral health. To learn more about gum grafting, contact the professionals at our clinic in Houston, TX for a custom consultation. We will help you determine the best way to approach your treatment needs through gum grafting.