Gum Recession and Gum Graft Procedure

January 26, 2019

What is gum recession?

Gum recession occurs when the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the tooth receeds, or lowers, exposing the root of the tooth. When gum recession occurs, supporting tissue and bone structure of the teeth are damaged, and over time can result in tooth mobility and tooth loss due to lack of supporting gum and bone.

 

What can you do about gum recession?

A gum graft is a type of dental surgery performed to correct the effects of gum recession. The goal of the surgery is to build the gum back up where it has receded to protect the exposed tooth from damage and repair any damage already done.

 

Gum Graft Procedure

There is a variety of gum grafts available, and the type of surgery undertaken depends on the extent and severity of damage and the individual needs. A consult exam is required to discuss the different types of surgery available to decide which option is the most suitable.

Once the patient and dentist have considered all the options and decided on the type of surgery, there is not much that a person needs to do to prepare for the procedure. However, it is essential to ensure a family member or friend is available to drive to and from the appointment. This is important because the pain medication prescribed to manage the discomfort means it is unsafe for a person having gum graft surgery to drive. People getting gum grafts will be able to go home right away after the procedure. The dentist will discuss all the aftercare instructions to ensure the graft heals successfully. Most people can return to work the following day.

 

Recovery After Gum Graft

A person can aid recovery by:

  • avoiding flossing or brushing at the treatment site
  • using a special mouthwash which controls plaque build up
  • taking antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection
  • avoiding strenuous exercise
  • avoiding foods that are hard to eat
  • eating soft, cool foods, for example, ice cream, pasta, eggs, yogurt, and soft cheese
  • avoiding smoking

The pain and discomfort a person experiences will vary. The healing process is often quick, taking 1 to 2 weeks for the mouth to heal fully. People can take over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers or prescription medications to help manage any discomfort.

 

At 5 Corner Dental, we have Dr Eiman, who specializes in gum surgeries. Come in for a consult with Dr Eiman to see if gum grafting is right for you.

 

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