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Tissue Regeneration Through Gum Grafting

Bone tissue damage is a serious dental condition that can lead to several problems, from bleeding gums, loose teeth, pain due to swollen gums, and increased teeth sensitivity due to exposed tooth roots. If left untreated, gum damage can result in the loss of teeth, and in the case of a bacterial infection, an infection of the jawbone. At Periodontal Associates we offer several treatment solutions for treating damaged gum tissue. Among these solutions is gum grafting, a dental procedure that helps to regenerate damaged tissue.

What is Gum Grafting?

Gum grafting is an oral surgery procedure that helps to regenerate the growth of new gum tissue by using a graft material. The graft is placed in the damaged section of the gums, where the new gum tissue is needed to grow. The new tissue, then meshes with the existing gums, forming one tissue structure.

Gum grafting is recommended when there is extensive damage to the gum tissue. The damage can be brought about by:
•  Gum disease. Gum disease is characterized by a bacterial infection of the gum tissue, which damages the gums.
•  Receding gums due to aggressive brushing or excessive teeth grinding and clenching.
•  A traumatic dental injury that damages the gums.
•  An oral infection that has spread from another part of the oral cavity.

Reasons for Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is a procedure that helps to fix several dental issues. It can be used to:
•  Reducing sensitivity of the teeth. Gum tissue damage that results in exposed teeth can cause an increased sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks, something that can be uncomfortable and painful. Gum grafting helps to cover these parts of teeth that are extremely sensitive.
•  Protecting the teeth from damage. Exposed teeth are vulnerable to infections, which can ultimately result in teeth damage or loss. Gum grafting helps to prevent this from happening.
•  Improved dental health. Gum grafting is a great way of treating gum disease during the early stages, thus preventing its advancement - which can result in the damage of the jawbone and multiple tooth loss.
•  Improved appearance. Damaged gum tissue is not only unsightly, but it can cause teeth alignment problems that can alter your appearance. Treating the damaged gums through grafting is thus a great way of improving your appearance.

What Does Gum Grafting Procedure Involve?

Gum grafting starts with a diagnosis to determine if the procedure is necessary and ideal. Once the surgery has been determined, a customized treatment plan is created. The plan can involve several dental treatments before the actual procedure takes place, which helps to guarantee a better chance of success. Some of these dental treatments might include:
•  Professional cleaning of the teeth to remove tartar and dental plaque.
•  Treatment of damaged teeth. This is to prevent the spread of infection to the gums.
•  Medication to remove bacterial infection.

The actual gum grafting procedure is carried out in a single visit. On the day of the procedure, anesthesia is administered to provide a comfortable and painless experience. An incision is then made at the graft site and space is created to accommodate the graft tissue. The tissue is then inserted and the site stitched up to prevent the graft tissue from falling off or moving from the desired area. As the surgical wound starts to heal, the graft will start growing, forming a new tissue that combines with the existing gums. The full recovery period can take about six weeks.

Do you have any questions about the gum grafting procedure? Your reliable dentists from Periodontal Associates can help to answer them all. Call us today at (971) 317-8414 to schedule an appointment.
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