Gum Grafting Procedure

Gum Tissue grafting is a procedure periodontists perform to treat receded or thin gums. Gum recession causes exposed roots, which can age a smile and make teeth sensitive. Also, exposed root surfaces are more prone to getting cavities. Whether you wish to enhance your smile by covering exposed root surfaces that make your teeth appear too long, or you no longer want to cringe because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids, soft tissue grafting can help you strengthen your smile.

The goals of gum tissue grafting are:
1) To increase the amount of attached gum tissue
2) To increase the thickness of the gum tissue
3) To cover the root surface

Depending on your situation, your periodontist at PerioLife Dallas, Irving, Keller, or Fort Worth will discuss the best treatment option for you regarding gum grafting and receding gums.

Frequently Asked Questions

How painful is a gum graft?

The actual gum grafting procedure is painless. This is because a local anesthetic is used to numb the affected area. A periodontist, who is a dental specialist in gum disease and the gums, typically performs this procedure. You may instead feel some movement or pressure as your periodontist performs the procedure.

How long does gum grafting last?

Gum grafting can last forever as long as care is taken not to brush too hard and maintain clean teeth and gums.

Is gum grafting worth it?

Gum grafting is a highly safe and effective procedure; it has been tested and proven successful in treating countless cases of receding and thinning gums due to aggressive brushing and gum disease. Still, complications and infections may occur, especially without proper post-op care.

What happens if I don’t get the gum graft?

Gum tissue will continue to recede thus further exposing the tooth root which can cause unnecessary cavities, sensitivity, and possible tooth loss.

If you have any questions or concerns about soft tissue grafting, please stop by or call our Dallas, Irving, Fort Worth or Keller offices.