Tinton Falls, NJ
The gums help to support the teeth while protecting the roots of the teeth from damaged. Having damaged gums can, therefore, lead to serious dental problems, which can result in your teeth being damaged or lost. However, it is possible to fix gum damage using some solutions. At Premier Periodontics and Implant Dentistry we offer gum graft, a surgical procedure that helps to regenerate new gum tissue, thus fixing various gum health problems.
When Is Gum Graft Surgery Needed?
A gum graft surgery is usually used to treat damaged gum tissue, which can happen as a result of gum disease, an oral infection, gum tissue damage following dental trauma, and damage to the gum due to excessive brushing or bruxism problems. Gum graft surgery can, however, be performed for cosmetic purposes. For example, it can be used to restore proper gum structure in patients with naturally low or high gums.
Benefits Of Gum Graft
Gum graft surgery offers several benefits such as:
• Preventing damage to the teeth - gum graft for receding gum lines helps to cover up exposed tooth roots, thus protecting them from damage.
• Improving dental health - gum graft surgery helps to offer you strong and healthy gums that provide maximum support and protection for your teeth. Gum graft surgery is also used as a treatment for dental health problems such as gum disease.
• Improved appearance - whether performed for cosmetic or medical reasons, gum graft surgery can help to improve your smile. The procedure restores the proper and attractive appearance of your gums, which in turn offers you a vibrant smile.
The Gum Graft Procedure
The gum graft procedure begins with a consultation, where your oral health status is evaluated to determine if you are an ideal candidate. Once the treatment has been determined, the planning and preparation stage will commence. During this stage, dental solutions such as professional or deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar will be performed, thus making sure that your gums will not be vulnerable to damage following the procedure.
The gum grafting surgery is then carried out under anesthesia, which helps to relax you and ease pain during the procedure. After administering the anesthesia, an incision is made at the site of the surgery, which creates a pocket where the graft will be placed. The graft is then placed in the created pocket, and the area sutured to hold the graft material.
Aftercare And Recovery
Following the surgery, you are likely to experience some side effects such as pain, swelling, and redness around the surgery site. Pain medications are used to manage the pain, while the other side effects start to disappear once the healing starts.
To ensure proper healing of the wound, and prevent complications, some things are advised following the surgery:
• Avoid irritating the surgical site by poking it.
• Proper oral hygiene to ensure that bacteria do not build up, leading to oral infection.
• Avoid brushing or flossing at the surgical site, as this can irritate the tissue and open up the wound. Using a recommended mouthwash is thus the best way to maintain proper hygiene at the surgical site.
• Avoiding hard-to-eat, extremely hot, spicy, or sticky foods.
• Avoiding smoking during the healing period.
Gum damage can greatly affect your smile, or worse, lead to the damage of your teeth. However, with gum grafting surgery from Premier Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, you can prevent this. Call us today at (732) 747-1766 to find out more about the procedure.