Gum grafting involves using synthetic or donor tissue to cover an area of exposed tooth enamel. It's often beneficial for patients who have a gummy smile or some type of gum recession. The procedure is quick, easy and provides you with a healthier-looking smile. At West Cobb Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we aim to provide you with the best care possible concerning grafting.
Why would someone need Gum Grafting?
There are two main reasons for why someone would need this type of surgery. First and most commonly, grafting is essential for people who have gum recession. Gum recession can be caused by brushing too hard, gum disease and other oral health problems. Likewise, grafting is ideal for patients who have a gummy smile and need help with improving their appearance.
I cannot recommend Dr. Kramer and her team at West Cobb Periodontics enough! From the friendly professionalism of the front office and her assistants, to the procedure itself - Dr. Kramer was able to walk me through all of my options and help me with a quick, pain-free wisdom tooth extraction without any complications.
What makes someone a candidate for Gum Grafting?
The soft tissue graft process starts with an exam. The doctor will examine your teeth and gums to determine if grafting is right for you. From there, we recommend coming in for treatment as soon as possible to help eradicate the problem. Most patients in need of soft tissue grafting can successfully have it done.
What happens during the Gum Grafting Procedure?
The procedure starts with anesthetic or sedative of your choosing. The doctor will administer the sedative and then work to place either the synthetic or donor material over the area where it is needed. If excess gum tissue needs to be removed, it will be done during this time. The surgery takes about an hour in the office. We then bring you to a recovery room to fully wake up from the sedative that was used. You will go home with a friend or relative and be provided with aftercare instructions. These instructions are essential when it comes to ensuring that your gums heal properly over the course of the next few months.
If you'd like to learn more about soft tissue grafting, call the office today so that our friendly team members can further help you.