A gum graft, also known as a gingival graft, is a periodontal surgery in which the gum tissue must be built up with a transplant material to protect the integrity of your tooth. This may be needed due to lack of natural gum tissue in the area, gum recession, exposed root surfaces, or for some other reason. Some patients opt for gum grafting surgery for cosmetic reasons.
This surgery can also greatly enhance the appearance of your smile, and protect your bones. If there's insufficient gum tissue and the problem is not addressed, the bone underneath the gums can eventually become damaged and even more serious health problems could develop.
There are three main kinds of gum tissue grafting:
It's very important that you follow all instructions and guidelines provided by Dr. Liao after your gum grafting surgery. For three days post-surgery, you should avoid spitting, smoking, drinking carbonated beverages, drinking with a straw, or making any sucking motions with your mouth. You'll generally need to stick to a soft diet for at least one week after your surgery.
Dr. Liao will advise you as to when and how to brush and floss after gum grafting surgery. You may experience some discomfort or pain after gum grafting surgery. Dr. Liao will recommend medications that can help alleviate the pain.
Worried about receding gums? You can use our online appointment maker to see Dr. Liao as soon as possible. The Sunrise Dental team looks forward to seeing you.
We care greatly about your dental health at Sunrise Dental of Moses Lake. We accept many insurance plans to help patients achieve the care that they need. If you have any questions about how we can help you afford your dental care, please call our office to learn more. Thank you in advance from the staff at Sunrise Dental of Moses Lake.
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