Your gums are an essential part of your mouth, playing important roles in your oral health and the aesthetics of your smile. The gum tissue sits tight against your teeth, providing a protective seal against bacterial invasion. When your gums recede, both your oral health and your smile are greatly affected. At Downey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. James P. McAndrews, DDS, FACS can restore the damage left behind by gum recession with a gum graft.
Causes of Gum Recession
There are several different causes of gum recession:
What Is a Gum Graft?
A gum graft is a surgical procedure designed to restore areas of recessed gum tissue. The tissue is typically taken from elsewhere in your body (usually from another location inside your mouth, aka donor site) and stitched over the exposed areas of your teeth (the recipient site). There are some instances when we may choose to use tissue from a separate individual, or even use regenerative materials.
Surgery begins with a local anesthetic at the surgical sites. A sedative, which will allow you to relax, can also be provided if you are feeling anxious about your procedure. We then harvest the donor tissue and suture it over the affected teeth. As you heal from your procedure, the tissues grow together and reform a tight seal around your teeth.
Types of Gum Graft
There are a few different types of gum graft:
Benefits of a Gum Graft
There are many benefits associated with gum grafting:
If your gums have receded, leaving you with long teeth and sensitivity, a gum graft can help. Contact Downey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today at 562-459-3311 to schedule your consultation and find out more!