Signs You May Need Gum Grafting Surgery
You may need gum graft surgery for gum recession if you have lost a significant amount of gum tissue due to periodontal disease. If you have tooth sensitivity, inflammation of the tissue, exposed roots or notice dark indentations around the gum line, you may need tissue grafting. A gum graft can enhance the look of your smile and reduce the risk of further damage to your oral health. Dr. Kim will determine what type of gum grafting procedure will be a good fit for you during your consultation visit.
Types of Gum Graft Surgeries
Dr. Kim may recommend a connective tissue graft, free gingival graft or a pedicle graft to restore the gum line. The most common type of graft used for gum recession is the connective tissue graft. The connective tissue graft procedure involves cutting a flap of tissue in your palate and harvesting the center layer of connective tissue for grafting. The free gingival graft also uses tissue from the palate, but uses both the center connective tissue layer and the outer layer of tissue. A pedicle graft can be used if you have enough tissue near the recessed area. In this procedure, nearby tissue will be cut into a flap that can be sutured over the recessed area.
Learn more about how to treat your gum recession by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Kim today!