The effect of gum recession goes far beyond aesthetics. The overexposed tooth root can lead to extreme tooth sensitivity and compromise your overall dental health. Left treated, gum recession can also result in tooth loss and severe periodontal disease.
A gum tissue grafting procedure is necessary to repair receding gum damage and prevent further problems. The solution adds more gum tissue to cover exposed roofs and prevent continuous recession. Soft tissue grafting can also stop the sensitivity and improve how the tooth looks.
Utah Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center shares some information about the gum grafting procedure.
Gingival graft procedures involve the removal of tissue from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over an area being treated. This procedure is typically used in patients who have thin gums and need extra tissue for gum-widening purposes. The graft may be placed to cover the exposed portion of the root.
Connective Tissue Graft
During a grafting procedure, surgeons remove the tissue under the surface or roof of your mouth by way of a small incision. The removed tissue will then be used or stitched to the gum tissue of the exposed tooth root. This procedure is less painful, as the wound where the tissue was taken is immediately closed during the healing.
This procedure uses a partially removed tissue with one edge still attached to the gums. It is usually slid sideways to cover the exposed roof and stitched to the affected area. This procedure can heal very quickly as it only involves removing a small area of blood vessel. The pedicle graft procedure, however, is only ideal for patients who have sufficient gum tissue near the tooth.
If the gum recession involves excessive bone tissue and deep pockets, a soft tissue graft is necessary. This can improve the look of your teeth and prevent continual gum recession. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine which method is appropriate for your condition.