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Gum Grafting

Dr. Robert Henshaw checking a patient after her Gum Grafting treatment at Oregon Periodontics, P.C. Your smile says a lot about you and can leave a powerful, lasting impression. When most people think about a beautiful smile, they tend to think about the condition of the teeth. While bright white, straight, blemish-free teeth are important, they are not the only factor. Your gums also play a role in the quality of your smile. When your gums are healthy, they sit snugly against your teeth, providing a protective seal against bacterial invasion. If the gums begin to recede, it not only affects your smile, it can also affect your oral health. Oregon Periodontics, P.C. can help restore a healthy gumline with gum grafting.

Causes of Gum Recession

Gum recession can be caused by many different issues:
•  Gum disease. When bacteria attack the gum tissue, it becomes irritated and inflamed. Inflamed tissue eventually pulls away from the teeth and dies off.
•  Overly aggressive brushing. Brushing too hard can wear away the gum tissue.
•  Cigarettes and other tobacco products.
•  Grinding and clenching, a condition known as bruxism.
•  You age. The gums naturally begin to recede as you get older.

Gum Grafting

A gum graft is a surgical procedure that is designed to restore a natural, healthy gumline following gum recession. It aids in restoring both your oral health and the appearance of your smile. The procedure involves taking tissue from elsewhere in your mouth, frequently from the palate, and suturing it over the affected teeth. As you heal from surgery, the tissue grows together and fits snugly against your teeth, restoring the protective seal your gums are meant to provide.

Types of Gum Grafts

There are a few different types of gum grafts. After a comprehensive oral exam, we will determine the best type of graft for your needs:
•  Connective tissue graft. A connective tissue graft uses tissue from the roof of your mouth. We make a small incision in the palate, creating a flap, and take tissue from underneath. This particular type of graft is often used for covering exposed roots.
•  Free gingival graft. A free gingival graft takes tissue directly from the roof of your mouth, leaving a larger, open wound. This graft is used when harder, keratinized tissue is needed.
•  Pedicle graft. A pedicle graft uses surrounding gum tissue to cover affected areas. We make small incisions in your gums and rearrange the tissue. This type of graft enables the maintenance of blood vessels, which then aids in faster healing.

Gum Grafting Benefits

There are several benefits associated with gum grafting:
•  Improved oral health. With a snug gumline restored, the roots of your teeth, the periodontal ligaments, and the jawbone are all protected from bacterial invasion.
•  Your tooth sensitivity is eliminated.
•  Your smile is restored. A more natural gumline aids in giving you back your beautiful smile, which can then help to restore your confidence.

Gum grafting restores a natural gumline, which aids in restoring your oral health as well as the quality of your smile. Call Oregon Periodontics, P.C. today to learn more and find out if gum grafting is right for you at (503) 575-7750.
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