Are your teeth appearing longer than usual? While this may only seem like a cosmetic imperfection at first, it can actually increase the level of gum and tooth sensitivity you experience. Since gum tissue is incapable of growing back on its own, gum grafting from our team of highly trained periodontists in Lincoln could be the solution you’re looking for. Feel free to learn more about the process below or give us a call directly to schedule a consultation with our periodontists!
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is considered to be one of the most common causes of gum recession. When first developing, it generally causes the gums to become red, swollen, and irritated. As it goes untreated, the bacteria responsible for this infection will start attacking the supportive bone tissue. This causes the bone to break down and the gums to recede, making it even easier for bacteria to form in the newly-created pockets in between the teeth and gums. With that said, gum recession can also occur due to:
During a gum grafting procedure, one of our periodontists will take gum tissue from another area of your mouth (usually the roof) and attach it to the area where it’s most needed. This ensures the tissue integrates with the body in the most effective way possible as well as functions as intended. In other circumstances, we may use donated tissue instead. Keep in mind that there are a few different types of gum grafting procedures that our office can perform.
Ahead of your treatment, one of our periodontists will gladly answer any and all of your questions about your gum grafting. Following the end of the procedure, they will provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure the smoothest healing period possible.
With that said, there are three main types of gum grafting that can be performed.
The first is a free gingival graft, which uses tissue mainly from the palate. This works to make the gums thicker. The second is a subepithelial connective tissue graft. Gum grafts like these are meant to cover tooth roots, which can reduce sensitivity. The third and final type of gum graft is known as an acellular dermal matrix allograft, which makes use of donated tissue to restore damaged gums.