Gum grafting is a common periodontal procedure that is used to treat a variety of conditions, including gum recession and thinning gums. At Sunshine Family Dental, our doctors specialize in gum grafting to help restore your gums to optimal health.
Gum grafting involves removing tissue from one part of the mouth and transferring it to another part with inadequate gum tissue. There are two types of gum grafting: free gingival graft and connective tissue graft. Each serves a specific purpose in treating gum recession. Our doctor will recommend the treatment that is right for your individual needs.
Types of Gum Grafting
Free Gingival Graft: This graft is designed to thicken thinning gums in cases where there is no tooth root exposure. By thickening the gum tissue, your gums are more resistant to infection. Additionally, the free gingival graft helps to prevent further gum recession.
Connective Tissue Graft: This graft is designed to treat cases where tooth root surfaces have been exposed. The graft is used to cover the exposed tissue and helps to reestablish the proper gum contours within the mouth. The success of this method often depends on the amount of bone loss in the area where the exposure has occurred.
At Sunshine Family Dental, our experienced doctors will take the time to understand your individual needs and discuss the benefits and likely outcomes prior to beginning treatment. We will also provide you with post-operative instructions to help ensure that your recovery is as comfortable and successful as possible.