Why is gum surgery necessary?
The gum tissue is primarily responsible for protecting your teeth against plaque and bacteria. As the gum line recedes, a larger area of the tooth becomes exposed and subject to decay. Eventually, the root of the tooth will be exposed. This is especially dangerous, as it can increase the rate and frequency with which cavities develop. In extreme cases, tooth loss may even occur.
There are also several issues that can affect your appearance and comfort. With a larger area of the tooth exposed, it can look “longer” and less attractive than usual. Also, when the root becomes exposed, an increase in temperature sensitivity may occur. This makes it difficult to eat foods that are extremely hot or cold.
How does gum surgery work?
Gum graftingis a type of gum surgery that involves taking a tissue sample from one area of the mouth and grafting it onto the gum line. There are three main types of gum grafting:
- Connective Tissue Graft
- First, a skin flap is made on the roof of the mouth. Then, the tissue sample is taken from underneath the skin flap and grafted to the gums.
- Free Gingival Graft
- This is similar to a connective tissue graft, except that there is no need to cut a skin flap. The tissue is taken straight from the roof of the mouth.
- Pedicle Graft
- A skin flap is made from the gum line and pulled over so that the root is covered. Sutures are then used to hold it in place.
Gum grafting is a procedure that restores the gum line to a healthier, more attractive level. Patients in need of a gum graft in Gainesville, VA can contact the NOVA Perio Specialists for more information.
Gum Grafting Reviews
5 out of 5 stars based on 3 Google Reviews
Absolutely amazing experience! I had gum grafts on three teeth and the procedure went very smoothly! It didn't take too long and Dr. Kharmouche and his team were simply amazing!! Best periodontist in the area.
- Rachel M.
5 out of 5 stars by Rachel M. on 06/30/2016
After avoiding a gum grafting procedure I knew I would eventually have to get done, I decided to try Nova Perio Specialists Periodontics & Dental Implants in Gainesville, VA based on the reviews I found and I’m glad I did! I am a huge baby when it comes to any kind of medical/dental procedure and Dr. Justin Hardison and his staff put my worries to ease! During my initial consultation, Dr. Hardison took the time to explain in full details the procedure that needed to be done until I understood. After my consultation, I met with Joanne, the patient coordinator who clearly explained all of the costs that you may incur and answered all of my questions. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this office. The receptionist and dental staff are genuinely caring, friendly and incredibly patient. If you’re in need of any periodontal treatment, I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Hardison and his staff; this office will certainly exceed your dental needs!
- Katie C.
5 out of 5 stars by Katie C. on 09/09/2016
Dr. Kharmouche's staff is very caring and professional. Dr. Kharmouche is a true gum grafting artist. Thank you for my new smile.
- Deborah G.
5 out of 5 stars by Deborah G. on 02/20/2016