Periodontal Gum Grafting in Delray Beach
Dental patients with advanced gingivitis and periodontitis will experience negative effects on the gums. This is caused by bacteria and plaque build-up which results in “pockets”. These pockets are cleaned out with a periodontal cleaning, but the fact remains that the pockets are still there and remain on the gum line. Patients will see exposed tooth root surfaces that are due to these pockets. Your dentist will go over options with you once this happens and determine whether a gum grafting is right for you.
What is gum grafting?
This is a procedure that is also known as periodontal plastic surgery, or a “gingival graft”. This common surgical procedure corrects and restores exposed root surfaces that are caused by periodontal disease. It is a very common procedure in dentistry that works very well for patients with large pockets that have caused exposed tooth root surfaces. After a patient goes through this procedure, the gums are restored to their natural, healthy state.
What are the benefits of gum grafting?
Besides benefiting your overall health, there are many benefits of having this procedure performed by an experienced dentist using state-of-the-art equipment like we do at Advanced Dentistry South Florida. This dental procedure will help with the following:
- Preservation of teeth
- Reduced risk of heart attack
- Reduced risk of stroke
- Helps eliminate halitosis
- Increases self esteem (no more receding gums)
- And more…
What is involved in the gum grafting procedure?
When your doctor has determined that gum grafting is the best procedure for you at this time, you will first begin a thorough periodontal cleaning to remove calculus and bacteria. After the periodontal cleaning, you will begin your gum grafting procedure. There are a few different types of gum grafting procedures listed below:
- Connective Tissue Graft. During this very common procedure, a flap of skin will be cut from your palate and tissue will be removed from underneath the flap. This will then be sewn around the exposed tooth. Once this is complete, the flap will then be stitched back together.
- Free Gingival Graft. This procedure also uses tissue from the palate, just like connective tissue grafts. However, this procedure uses a smaller amount of tissue taken directly from the roof of the mouth. Your doctor may use this particular method in the event that you have thin gums.
- Pedicle Graft. This method will be used if your doctor determines that you have plenty of tissue near the tooth, which allows your dentist to use tissue from the existing gum. The gum will be pulled over the exposed root and then stitched into place.
Am I a candidate for gum grafting?
As with all other dental procedures at our dental practice in Delray Beach, your doctor will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for gum grafting. Many factors will be taken into account and you will be presented with a plan to help you reach your goals and needs. If gum grafting isn’t the best option for you, your doctor may suggest gum contouring or dental implants as an alternative. Either way, you can always be comfortable in the fact that you will be treated by experienced, professional doctors who have your best interest at heart.
If you have further questions regarding gum grafting in Delray Beach, please call our dental practice at 561-404-4078 or visit our contact page and a dental professional will get back to you as soon as possible.