Gum Grafting

PROFESSIONAL GUM GRAFTING IN CHARLOTTE NC

Periodontitis, or the inflammation of gum tissue, often causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. When the gums recede, bacteria and plaque have the opportunity to enter the moist pockets that form between the gums and teeth. To prevent infections from occurring or the tooth from becoming loose, a procedure known as gum grafting can be performed to reverse the harmful effects of gum recession. We offer a gum grafting treatment in our Charlotte, NC dental office for patients who are looking to repair their sensitive or weakened teeth, or improve their smile by evening the gum line.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF GUM GRAFTING?

There are several key benefits to having a gum grafting procedure performed. First, a gum graft can decrease the risk of bone loss and further recession by protecting the tooth from decay and bacteria. For patients with tooth sensitivity, gum grafting can cover up the part of the tooth exposed to the roots, which can reduce or eliminate sensitivity. Gum grafting can also improve the look of your smile, providing a more even gum line and teeth that are more average in size.

HOW IS A GUM GRAFTING PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

The gum grafting procedure is a type of oral surgery that uses a local anesthetic to numb the mouth to prevent pain. During the procedure, gum tissue is harvested from the roof of the mouth to use for new gum tissue. Incisions are made in the gums to create a pouch where the donor material is inserted. A flap of gum tissue is then placed over the donor material and stitched closed. The graft will then gradually integrate with your gums as the area heals.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY PERIOD LIKE POST-SURGERY?

Recovering from a gum graft procedure takes several weeks, but any discomfort will usually start to diminish in the days after surgery. For about a week following the procedure, it’s best to stick with soft foods, such as yogurt, Jell-O, and eggs. Over-the-counter pain relief medication can be used to minimize any pain. For more information about gum grafting or to schedule an appointment, contact or call Charlotte Surgical Dentist today.