Repair Your Receding Gums
When you smile at yourself in the mirror, do you notice that you look a little “long in the tooth”? Are the teeth that look longer than they used to extra sensitive to hot and cold temperatures? You may be suffering from a degree of gum recession. Unfortunately, your gums will not grow back on their own. However, it may be possible to repair them with gum grafting. This procedure could be the ideal way to protect your tooth roots and improve your smile’s aesthetics.
Why Choose Periodontics & Implant Dentistry of Tallahassee for Gum Grafting?
- Board-Certified Periodontist
- Gentle, Comfortable Treatment
- Natural-Looking Results
Why Does Gum Recession Occur?
Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is one of the most common causes of gum recession. In its earliest stages, gum disease simply causes the gums to become red and swollen. However, as it progresses, the bacteria that is responsible for gum disease can attack the underlying bone tissue. As the bone shrinks, the gums recede, and bacteria-filled pockets form between the teeth and the gums. If you have gum disease, your periodontist in Tallahassee will treat it before your gum grafting procedure.
Of course, there are other possible reasons for gum recession. A few examples include:
- Bruxism (habitual teeth grinding and clenching)
- Overaggressive brushing and flossing habits
- Lip and tongue piercings that irritate the delicate gum tissue
- A misaligned bite
How Gum Grafting Works
Gum grafting is a procedure wherein Dr. Rasmussen attaches additional tissue to your gums where they have receded. During the healing process, the body integrates the grafted tissue, allowing it to function as a normal part of your mouth. The tissue that Dr. Rasmussen grafts onto your gums may come from the roof of your mouth or another nearby location. It is also possible to use donated tissue from another human.
There are a few different types of gum grafts, including:
- A free gingival graft, which uses tissue from the palate to thicken the gums
- A subepithelial connective tissue graft, which covers exposed tooth roots
- An acellular dermal matrix allograft, which uses donated tissue to add to a patient’s gums
Prior to your gum graft procedure, Dr. Rasmussen will answer your questions about the specific type of surgery that he believes is best for you. He will also give you detailed instructions to facilitate a smooth recovery following your treatment.
Do you believe that you could benefit from a gum graft? Contact our team today to schedule your personalized consultation!
Gum Grafting FAQs
Gum grafting is a common procedure used to promote a healthy, beautiful smile; however, it’s normal to feel a little apprehensive before moving forward. Your periodontist will explain everything during your gum grafting consultation to calm your nerves. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Does gum grafting hurt?
You don’t have to worry about a painful day in the dental chair. Gum grafting is an in-office procedure performed using a local anesthetic. You won’t feel anything during the procedure; however, your gums may be a little tender for a few days. It is best to avoid any hard, crunchy, spicy, or acidic foods while your tissue heals. You can manage any discomfort using OTC pain relievers. You may be prescribed a mouth rinse or antibiotics. Any mild swelling or tenderness will subside within a week.
How long does it take to heal?
The gums tend to heal quickly, so you don’t have to worry about a lengthy recovery. Everyone heals differently, but most patients are fully recovered in 1-2 weeks. However, several factors affect how long it will take, like following your aftercare instructions. You can avoid any delays in your recovery by keeping your mouth clean, following your post-op instructions, and watching what you eat. You’ll want to avoid smoking and alcohol because they can affect the body’s ability to heal and fight infections.
How much does gum grafting cost?
There isn’t a flat fee for gum grafting because every situation is unique. After examining your mouth to create a treatment plan, we will provide you with a personalized estimate and review your payment options. Various factors will affect the amount you’ll pay, like the number of teeth being treated, medications, and dental insurance. Our office accepts a variety of payment methods to keep your care affordable, including special offers and third-party financing. We will help you find the solutions you need to repair your smile without draining your bank account.
Can I use my dental insurance to pay for gum grafting?
The answer depends on the reason for the procedure. Generally, dental insurance doesn’t cover elective procedures, but gum grafting is often used for medically necessary purposes. As a result, your dental insurance can cover a portion of the cost to lower the amount you pay. Although every situation differs, some medical insurances can also be used when the procedure is deemed a medical necessity. Often, gum grafting is mostly or fully covered, so you don’t have to deal with a large bill.
How long does a gum graft last?
A gum graft can last forever in most cases. The underlying cause of gum recession must be resolved before the procedure, like treating an infection. The duration of your results also depends on your follow-up care and maintenance. You can ensure your graft lasts for a lifetime by brushing, flossing, and using a daily mouthrinse. Don’t forget to visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.