Excessive, Uneven or Recessive Gums
Gum disease is a progressive disease and can lead to a whole host of serious problems. While it starts out as an infection in the gums, it can spread to affect your teeth and jaw, leading to infections and bone loss. Gum recession is also a common side effect of gum disease. This recession also occurs simply as a result of aging. Recession can lead to infection and tooth loss. The good news is recession can be reversed. Doctors Zeiger and Frausto both have specialized training in surgical procedures involving the gums. Using advanced surgical procedures, they are able to graft back recessed gums in a short, minimally invasive, painless procedure.
What is a Gum Graft?
A gum graft is a surgical procedure used to fix gum recession. It most often uses your own skin tissues to stop and prevent further damage. The surgeon will either take tissue from under the skin on the roof of your mouth, or use the palate skin itself. Depending upon the extent of the damage to your gums, the surgeon could instead choose to use some of your healthy gum tissue instead.
The condition of your mouth also plays a role in whether the surgeon chooses to use your own skin tissues or those of a donor. This procedure runs the risk of possible donor rejection, however, but your surgeon will help you determine if a donor is your best option. Or, proteins could be used to coax your gum tissues to regrow on their own.
After a consultation with your surgeon, you will either receive a local anesthetic or be sedated. Depending upon the type of agent used to perform your surgery, you may need to have a friend or family member with you to drive you home.
When ready, the surgeon takes the chosen tissue and grafts it to your gums. The process is quick and painless.
Although this procedure is minimally invasive, it is still surgery and you should allow yourself some time to heal. It is highly recommended that you consume only soft foods for about a week following. Opt for nutritious foods, since they will help you heal faster.
You will be prescribed a special mouthwash to use that will help you fight plaque buildup. You shouldn't brush or floss until you are healed. Antibiotics will be prescribed as well to ward off any chance of infection.
After you have healed, you should go back to a normal oral hygiene routine, including brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. Gum grafts can give you a new set of gums, but they are not a permanent preventative measure. A regular brushing routine will help keep your new gums healthy and prevent both tooth decay and future gum disease. Also, be sure to visit the dentist at least twice a year. This will provide you with an extensive cleaning and thorough exam, including the condition of your graft.
If you are experiencing a significant of gum recession, Doctors Zeiger and Frausto are the experienced surgeons who can help you prevent infections and tooth loss by means of a gum graft. Call today to schedule an appointment.
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