Gum Grafting in Asheville & Brevard, NC
Gum recession, or receding gums, occurs when the soft tissue around the teeth gets smaller and closer to the roots of the teeth, which causes them to appear misshaped or larger than normal. Injury, trauma, genetics, and parafunctional habits are common culprits but often gum disease is the problem. Dr. Glenn J. Shefter and Dr. Greg S. Fertik in Asheville, NC have improved the health and look of thousands of smiles using effective, gentle gum disease treatment and other procedures, such as gum grafting.
Patients who experience a shorter gum line due to gum disease can get a healthier smile with a gum grafting procedure. A gum graft is performed by taking tissue from one area of the mouth and placing it on the recessed gum line to make it longer and more attractive. Gum grafting also protects tooth roots from exposure.
Common Gum Grafts
- Connective tissue graft: This is a common procedure that patients often receive to address receding gums caused by gum disease and other dental problems. A flap is made on the roof of the mouth. Tissue is removed from underneath this flap and then surgically attached to the receding gum area.
- Free gingival graft: This procedure is usually performed on patients who have naturally thin gum tissue. Oral tissue is removed directly from the roof surface and surgically attached to the receding gum area.
- Pedicle graft: This procedure is performed when patients still have enough healthy gum tissue in the receded area. In this case, a flap is made right on the gum line and the tissue is pulled over the exposed root area.
A gum graft procedure will cause some temporary tenderness but can be managed with pain medication. A soft food diet is necessary for a several days, such as eggs, pasta, applesauce, and shakes, so that the gums can heal. We may also prescribe a mouthwash to use instead of brushing and flossing the treated areas during this healing phase.
Gum recession can be repaired! If you need gum disease treatment, call Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik in Asheville, NC today for your friendly, personalized consultation.