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Connective Tissue Grafts/ Gum Grafts

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There are several reasons why a person’s gums may recede, including gum disease, aging, brushing too vigorously, or trauma. Unfortunately, if gums recede too far, it can cause problems for the patient. For example, when the roots of the teeth are exposed, it can lead to extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, as well as an increased risk of tooth decay. Additionally, receding gums can negatively impact the appearance of a person’s smile, which can be distressing for many individuals. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem. Connective tissue grafts, also known as gum grafts, are a common periodontics treatment offered in Boerne by experienced periodontist Dr. Houssam Alghadban.

This procedure involves removing tissue from the patient’s palate or a donor source and placing it over the exposed tooth roots to cover and protect them. This helps to reduce sensitivity and prevent further damage to the teeth. 

Connective tissue grafts can provide many benefits to patients with receding gums, including improved oral health, reduced sensitivity, and an enhanced smile appearance. Patients who undergo this procedure often report feeling more confident and comfortable with their teeth after the treatment. If you are experiencing receding gums, it is important to consult with a qualified periodontist to determine if a gum graft could be a suitable option for you.

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The Procedure Involved in Connective Tissue Grafts / Gum Grafts

The first step in the gum grafting procedure is typically a deep cleaning to eliminate any tartar buildup on the teeth. Dr. Alghadban may recommend this to the patient before proceeding with the actual grafting procedure.

The gum grafting procedure is generally done under local anesthesia, but the degree of grafting required will determine the level of anesthesia necessary. Patients have three different types of grafting procedures to choose from: free gingival grafts, connective tissue grafts, and pedicle grafts.

Free gingival grafts entail removing tissue from the roof of the mouth and transplanting it to another location. Connective tissue grafts involve removing connective tissue from a small flap in the patient’s mouth and attaching it to a different location. Pedicle grafts necessitate partially cutting a flap of tissue and repositioning it to cover an exposed tooth root.

Dr. Alghadban recognizes that each patient is unique and will provide personalized recommendations for the appropriate type of gum grafting surgery or connective tissue graft that is suitable. This will be determined based on the patient’s individual needs, dental history, and the severity of their gum recession.

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Benefits of Connective Tissue Graft Procedures

If you are experiencing a “toothy” smile, meaning that too much of your tooth surface is visible due to receding gums, a soft tissue graft may be the solution to help you achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile. However, soft tissue grafting has a host of other benefits that extend beyond the cosmetic realm.

One common issue for individuals with receding gums is sensitivity and discomfort from overly sensitive teeth. This problem can be greatly reduced or even eliminated through a gum grafting procedure. The grafting process involves transplanting healthy tissue to the affected area, which helps to cover and protect the exposed tooth roots, resulting in reduced sensitivity and discomfort.

Moreover, gum grafts can help prevent the progression of gum disease, which is a common and serious dental health issue that can lead to tooth loss and other complications. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that grow on the teeth and gums and can lead to inflammation, infection, and eventually, the destruction of gum tissue and bone. By addressing gum recession through grafting, the progression of gum disease can be halted, resulting in better overall oral health.

In addition to the above benefits, gum grafting can also improve the strength and stability of the gums, reducing the likelihood of future gum recession and improving the chances of retaining natural teeth. Soft tissue grafting is a safe and effective procedure that can provide numerous benefits for individuals with receding gums, resulting in improved dental health and a more confident smile.

Recovery from Gum Tissue Graft

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Gum tissue graft recovery is a process that can help restore the gum health of patients affected by periodontal disease (gum disease). During the process, tissue is taken from either the patient’s palate or an alternative donor source and grafted onto affected sites. The goal of the procedure is to restore the gums to their original, healthy condition.

The recovery process typically begins with a period of healing for the donor site. During this time, the patient will be instructed to avoid certain activities, such as brushing or flossing, that may irritate the grafted tissue. In addition, the patient should keep the area clean and dry and may be instructed to use an antibiotic mouthwash or other medication to promote healing.

Once the donor site has healed, the patient will begin the recovery process for the grafted site. This may involve taking medication to reduce swelling, pain, and inflammation, as well as eating a soft diet and avoiding certain activities, such as vigorous exercise. The patient may be instructed to use a special mouthwash or rinse to keep the area clean.

The amount of time it takes to recover from a gum tissue graft varies from patient to patient, but it is typically a few weeks. During this time, the patient’s gums should become healthier and the grafted tissue should take hold. Depending on the extent of the grafting, the patient may also need to return for follow-up appointments to ensure the best possible outcome.

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To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists, or learn more about our extensive dental services, contact our Boerne, TX office today. We are here to help you with a wide range of dental treatments so give us a call and speak to our friendly staff.