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Westwood Periodontics
Westwood Periodontics

Westwood Periodontics
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Gum Graft

Diagram of gum graft at Westwood PeriodonticsRecognized as a leading force in periodontics, Dr. Gupta's expertise in procedure like gum grafting is unparalleled, providing a level of care that can only be found at Westwood Periodontics.

So what is a gum graft? And why are they necessary? This page is designed to help you better understand every aspect of this vital periodontal procedure.

Understanding Gum Grafting

Gum grafting, also known as gingival grafting, is a surgical procedure aimed at correcting and restoring gum tissue. It's typically recommended when patients have experienced significant gum recession, a condition where the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, exposing the roots.

The Need for Gum Grafting

Gum recession can occur due to various factors, some of which include:

Aggressive Brushing: Using hard-bristled toothbrushes or brushing too vigorously can wear away the gum tissue.

Periodontal Disease: Advanced gum disease can lead to the destruction of supporting tissue and bone, causing gum recession.

Genetic Predisposition: Some individuals are more susceptible to gum recession due to genetic factors.

Types of Gum Grafts

Dr. Gupta's practice offers several types of gum grafts, each suited to specific needs and conditions:

Connective-Tissue Grafts

Procedure: The most common type, involving the removal of a piece of tissue from the roof of the mouth and stitching it to the affected gum area.

Benefits: Effectively covers exposed roots and rebuilds gum tissue.

Free Gingival Grafts

Procedure: Similar to connective-tissue grafts, but the tissue is taken directly from the palate without creating a flap.

Benefits: Ideal for patients with thin gums who require extra tissue to enlarge the existing gum area.

Pedicle Grafts

Procedure: Involves grafting tissue from the gum around or near the affected tooth.

Benefits: Maintains blood supply from the adjacent gum, which can be beneficial for healing.

The Gum Grafting Procedure

Initial Consultation

A thorough examination, including dental X-rays, is conducted to assess the severity of gum recession and determine the most appropriate type of graft.

Surgical Process

The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring patient comfort. The chosen grafting technique is employed, with precise attention to aesthetic and functional restoration.

Recovery and Aftercare

Post-operative care is crucial, involving guidelines on oral hygiene, diet, and activity. Recovery time varies, but patients can usually resume normal activities within a few days to a week.

Benefits of Gum Grafting

Protects Against Further Recession: Helps prevent additional recession and bone loss.

Reduces Tooth Sensitivity: Covers exposed roots, alleviating sensitivity to hot and cold.

Improves Aesthetics: Restores a natural gumline, enhancing the smile’s appearance.

Determining Candidacy for Gum Grafting

Dr. Gupta evaluates each patient’s suitability for gum grafting based on gum health, the extent of recession, and overall oral health. Factors such as medical history, current oral hygiene, and lifestyle habits are also considered.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you’re experiencing issues with your gums, it probably to time to reach out to Westwood’s finest. Call (551) 751-2024 to schedule your consultation today and get your oral health back on track!

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