Gum GraftsDr. Amanda Juarez on gum grafting Read Transcript
So, for gingival grafting, the traditional surgery for that has, in the past, is very uncomfortable. They actually will take a piece of a tissue out of the roof of your mouth and transplant it over the root where the recession is, and there's a lot of sutures, there's a lot of cutting of the gum, and postoperatively a lot of pain. Patients who've had that don't always want to go back. Unfortunately, you can only treat one to two teeth at a time in most cases. For patients who have recession in a lot of areas, they have to go for several surgeries. A new technique, or it's been around actually for 10 years, but it's more well-known at this point, is called pinhole surgical technique, and we're able to do the same result with only one access point. There's no sutures, there's no cutting, and you're lowering the gum down, and you can treat an entire arch or an entire mouth in one visit. There's really minimal postoperative discomfort, so it's a really great way to treat it.
If you’re ready to get your receded gumline back where it’s supposed to be, contact Houston Uptown Dentists for a gum grafting treatment.
What Is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting is a reliable way to replace missing gum tissue, improve your gumline, and protect your tooth roots. So you’ll know what to expect, we’ll discuss each step of the treatment. When you visit us for a gum graft, we will:
- Use local anesthetic to numb the area for your comfort
- Take a small amount of tissue from inside your mouth and place it in the affected area along your gum line
- Secure the gum graft
Following a brief healing period, your gumline – and your smile – will look healthier and more attractive.
Gum Grafting Alternative: The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
If gum grafting is not right for you, our Houston, TX dentist also offer another form of gum recession treatment, the revolutionary Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. If you decide on this method, we will:
- Numb the affected area
- Gently loosen your gumline through a pin-sized hole
- Carefully guide your gums back over your tooth roots
Comfortable Oral Surgery With Dental Sedation
Regardless of which gum recession treatment you choose, our friendly team will help you relax during your procedure with headphones and 3-D video glasses. We can also help relieve your dental anxiety with dental sedation options, including:
- Laughing gas
- Oral conscious sedation
- IV sedation
Common Causes Of Gum Recession
If your gums have receded because of gum disease, we will get your mouth healthy again with gum disease treatment. Other possible causes of gum recession include:
- Tobacco use
- Certain illnesses
- Bruxism (grinding/clenching your teeth)
- Poor occlusion (a bad bite)
- Toothbrush abrasion