Periodontics refers to preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the tissues that support the teeth. These tissues include the gums that surround and protect the teeth. Gingival tissue furthermore “frames” the teeth. So, the health of the gums can help or hinder the function of the teeth, the aesthetics of the smile, and overall well-being. We depend on our teeth for basic chewing and speech functions. The ability to eat and communicate properly also affects nutrition, systemic health, and self-confidence.
Surgical gum grafting procedures may be appropriate for patients with receding or deteriorated tissues. Healthy gums are firm and “hug” the teeth. However, conditions such as periodontal or gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. This process of gum recession only becomes worse without effective treatment.
In fact, we can use the spaces between the teeth and gums to “stage” or identify the extent and severity of gum disease. These periodontal pockets are measured; bigger pockets indicate advanced periodontal disease (periodontitis). At this stage, both the soft (gums) and hard (bone) tissues may be eroded. Fortunately, our specialists have the advanced training to rebuild the gums and bone. In fact, some patients can benefit from both gingival and bone grafting.
Before & After Reconstruction
The process involves sourcing and transferring tissue to the recessed area. The graft or transferred tissue resolves many of the symptoms and complications associated with gum disease by building up the damaged area. In turn, treatment:
Covers the roots that are exposed as the result of receding gums
Prevents tooth loss or the need for additional restorative dentistry procedures by addressing root exposure
Eases painful tooth sensitivity
Improves the appearance of the gum line to support more attractive proportions and a balanced smile
There is no single “right way” to perform a gum graft. We can discuss the best options based on what we find as the result of an evaluation and in consultation with you. The most common technique involves removing a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth. This graft is then placed in the area of the gums that has sustained tissue loss. Such an autologous process is generally considered to be predictable, safe, and low-risk due to our use of the patient’s own tissue instead of tissue derived from synthetic materials or other sources.
Our advanced focused training and experience ensure safe and comfortable treatment. Our investments in training on the latest techniques and technologies also support optimal treatment outcomes and favorable healing. These capabilities offer peace of mind to our patients. Regardless of the specific type of graft used to regenerate the gums and resolve disease, they can trust the expert team at Peter O. Cabrera, DDS & Bahareh Sabzehei, DDS, MS Periodontics and Dental Implants.