Gum Graft

Arcadia Perio Care

Periodontists located in Arcadia, CA

If you suffer from gum recession, a gum graft procedure may be a great solution to help you restore your beautiful smile. Donna Klauser, DDS, and the team at Arcadia Perio Care in Arcadia, California, can help with your dental needs. Gum recession can expose unsightly dental roots that cause you to look older and cause severe sensitivity. Gum recession can develop over time and be difficult to spot so it’s important to schedule annual checkups. Call Arcadia Perio Care or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about gum graft procedures.

Gum Graft Q & A

What is a gum graft?

A gum graft is a type of dental surgery that addresses gum recession as part of your smile rejuvenation. The surgery is performed by extracting healthy gum tissue from the roof of your mouth or from a donor and adding it to the affected area where it helps build back the gum tissue that’s been lost. If you suffer from gum recession, it’s important to have the condition taken care of; left untreated, it can lead to serious tooth sensitivity or even tooth loss.

What happens during a gum graft procedure?

The providers at Arcadia Perio Care offer a tunnel graft procedure that’s minimally invasive and offers minimal downtime and minimal discomfort. They are dedicated to their patients’ health and comfort and offer this quick and easy surgery to their patients in a calm environment.

The surgery begins with your provider taking a graft of gum tissue from somewhere else in the mouth or from a donor and then performing tunnel grafting. Tunnel grafting is an alternative to the traditional grafting that causes more discomfort and a longer recovery.

You may need to eat soft foods for a while after a gum graft but eventually, your new gums are as good as new and ready for your favorite foods. Your provider may prescribe pain medication for you to take until your mouth has healed.

What is tunnel grafting?

Your providers at Arcadia Perio Care are experts in tunnel grafting. This type of surgery includes pulling back the gums instead of creating an incision. This specific type of procedure works well and significantly decreases the unnecessary healing time afterward. Tunneling provides natural, beautiful looking results that last.

Will I need more grafting in the future?

It’s hard to say as everyone is different. It’s difficult to know how your body ages and if your gums might recede again in the future. However, you can take preventive measures to avoid future gum grafts. Some preventive care ideas include:

  • Eating a well-balanced diet
  • Brushing and flossing every day
  • Visiting your dentist annually
  • Having a professional teeth cleaning annually
  • Not smoking

It’s important to keep your mouth clean and to follow the advice of your doctor. Call Arcadia Perio Care today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about gum grafting.