What is gum grafting?
A gum graft is a procedure that is done to correct gum recession. Gum recession occurs when the tissue around the tooth pulls away, exposing the tooth’s root.
Why would I need a gum graft?
- Root exposure due to receding gums
- Lack of remaining gum tissue
- Improved appearance
How does gum grafting work?
There are several different gum grafting techniques. The technique that is used varies based on your individual case.
Connective Tissue Graft
During the procedures, a flap of skin is cut at the roof of the patient’s mouth. Tissue from the bottom layer (subepithelial connective tissue) is removed and sutured to the tissue surrounding the tooth’s root. The flap on the roof of the mouth is sutured as well.
In some cases, donor tissue is used in lieu of the patient’s tissue.
Free Gingival Graft
Like the Connective Tissue Graft, the Free Gingival Graft requires Dr. Thanik to take tissue from the roof of the mouth. With this procedure, the tissue is removed from the top layer of skin rather than the bottom layer. The tissue is then sutured over the tooth’s root. This treatment is typically done to thicken the patient’s gum.
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
This procedure is performed by making small holes with a needle in the gum tissue. Using specially designed instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and guided over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement.
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