Posted on 1/20/2020 by Enrique Darancou, DDS
|When you come to us for help with restorative treatment, we always do our best to try the least drastic methods of treatment first. Still, in spite of our best efforts, sometimes we will need to perform a gum graft before we can pursue a treatment plan.
What is a Gum Graft?
If you have never heard the term, a gum graft is a procedure where we take a piece of gum tissue from elsewhere in your mouth (often the roof of the mouth, but not always) and then sew it into place in an area where you need more gum tissue.
The process is usually relatively fast, and you should be up and about pretty quickly. Your gum tissue will be tender for a few days, but overall the procedure is not overly traumatic.
Why Would a Gum Graft Be Necessary Prior to Restorative Treatment?
If you have lost a tooth, whether it was due to injury or decay, sometimes we will need to perform a gum graft before we can restore the tooth. If we install a dental restoration such as a dental implant into an area with inadequate gum tissue, the implant could actually end up failing.
To prevent this, if there is excessive gum tissue loss (such as from gum disease) we will graft other tissue into place prior to the restorative treatment. This helps us to be sure that the treatment will be a success.
As always, if you have questions about gum grafting, restorative treatment, or any other aspect of your oral health, we want to hear from you. It is very important to us that our patients are healthy, and being educated on your dental health is a big part of that. So, feel free to give us a call if you have questions!