For a patient to feel they need to see their dentist about their gums, the issue is usually gum recession. It probably sounds like a weird issue to some people, especially if you or anyone you know have never had a problem with your gums, but, it is a relatively widespread problem.
It has been estimated that in the United States alone there are 12% of adults who suffer from gum recession. If you have been one of the unfortunate 12% that has encountered this issue, there is Gum Restoration at Drummond Dental.
The problem with your recessing gums is that it can happen so slowly that those affected don’t realize what is going on until their gums have already receded so much that it will take significant dental intervention. Making sure you keep your dental check-ups on a regular schedule so your dentist can catch the problem before you have so much damage you need gum grafting.
Here are three corrective surgeries being used to treat gum recession:
It is the most used form of grafting gums. The procedure might sound frightening, but it is rather simple. A tiny, thin piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth is taken, so a small flap can be designed. The dentist will then take out a little bit of connective tissue under the newly designed flap.
The tissue is placed in the right area an stitched to the gums to cover your exposed tooth roots or any gaps that may have formed. At the end of the procedure, the spot at the roof of your mouth is stitched closed. The surgical gum treatment at Drummond Dental is done under local anesthetic, and you will feel no pain.
The free gingival graft is a lot like the connective tissue graft above. The tissue to be used is also taken from the roof of your mouth. Here is where it is different; the free gingival graft will not make the small flap nor will it get tissue from underneath the said flap. For the free gingival graft, the needed tissue is removed from the palette/roof of the mouth. The surgeon can pull more tissue as is required.
This procedure is primarily used for people that have small or thin gums and will need some extra tissue for the surgery to be a success. Once the tissue has been harvested from the roof of your mouth, it will be placed next to your gums in almost the same way it was during the connective tissue method. This surgery is completed under local anesthetic, and you should feel no pain. Gum graft surgery at Drummond Dental is an everyday occurrence, so they know how to take care of you in the most professional manner.
This surgical graft is different from the two previous surgeries. An incision is made as close to the exposed root in the patient’s gums as possible. The incision is cut in such a way that it will create a flap of skin that is partially attached to the gum.
The flap that was created by gum recession surgery will then be stretched down over your exposed root and stitched securely into place. It will keep the discomfort caused by the surgery localized. Let it be said that pedicle grafts are not always the first choice as it requires you to have enough healthy gum tissue to create that flap.
What most people think about with all of these surgeries is how it is going to improve their appearance. If they had any self-confidence issues before regarding their looks when it comes to their teeth, they would disappear immediately. They will be smiling all the time after any of these procedures.