All surgical procedures are completed at the offices. Most are completed using local anesthesia just like you would receive by your dentist. We provide other forms of sedation if necessary. They are usually completed in less than 60 minutes. Almost all patients resume regular activities the same or next day. Our goal is make this part of your treatment as easy as possible.
These procedures are a predictable way to cover unsightly, sensitive or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. They are also used to create an even appearance of your teeth. They can be preformed prior to having crowns or laminates place on your front teeth.
When recession of the gingiva occurs, the area loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. Gum recession is also indicative of bone loss, which eventually leads to tooth loss. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.
When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.
In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to cold and hot foods. The teeth become longer looking and an unsightly appearance results. Also, gum recession, when significant, can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to cavities on the root surface.
A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth, or gently moved over from adjacent areas, to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.
The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable. It results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth, Allowing the tooth to remain in function for years to come.