Gum Tissue Grafting in Mt. Pleasant, SC
If you are experiencing gum recession, sensitivity when you eat or drink, or your gums have become thin over time, you may be a candidate for a gum graft surgery. This type of surgery can repair gum recession and helps to prevent further recession and bone loss. Mt. Pleasant, SC Gum Graft Surgery is offered right in our convenient office location.
When you experience the symptoms of gum recession, Dr. Bjornson can renew the lost tissue with tissue grafts or gingival grafts. Not everyone who has gum recession needs to undergo this procedure. Some patients won’t be able to obtain the procedure due to inadequate bone that surrounds the area. Supporting bone is important for the procedure to be a success because it holds the gum tissue up and in place.
Connective Tissue Gum Grafts
There are two versions of this procedure. The first is called connective tissue. Connective tissue gum graft surgery is the procedure utilized in most patient cases. It is used to protect the root areas where the gum recession has occurred.
Procedure Benefits include:
- Appearance – The connective tissue procedure will remove any yellowing color on the gums and cover up any obvious recession. This process can cover most of the recession you have if not all. When the new tissue is recovered, your teeth will look natural and your gums will have a healthy appearance.
- Sensitivity – If you have sensitivity in your teeth you more than likely have exposed roots. Covering up the roots through this procedure can eliminate pain and sensitivity.
- Plaque Removal – Gum recession can cause plaque to build up in certain areas, creating inflammation in your tissue and making the area impossible to clean. This procedure can remove the plaque and renew gum health so you can brush and floss without pain or inflammation.
- Prevention – This procedure prevents further gum recession and improves your overall oral health.
Free gingival grafts are used to develop keratinized tissue in the tooth area. You may be a good candidate for this kind of procedure if you have loss of “gingiva”- also known as keratinized tissue. This type of tissue is the tough, pink-colored pulp you find around your teeth. Keratinized tissue is part of your overall chewing function. If your gingiva tissue has deteriorated, you can experience further gum recession.
The procedure steps include the following:
- Incisions are made in the gum area.
- The tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth and placed inside the incisions and the area is sewn back up
- Dr. Bjornson will provide you a stent much like a retainer to protect the tissue while it heals.
- Your gums and tissue will heal together over a 2-3 week period.
- The procedure has minimal discomfort. The area where the tissue was removed may feel a little uncomfortable until it heals, but there is minimal pain involved.
Procedure Healing Time
Your post procedure healing will take several weeks. Your tissue may have a white/yellow color at first. That is just old tissue being replaced by new tissue. About two weeks after your procedure, any remaining stitches will be removed. At first, the new tissue may feel bumpy as your mouth adjusts and the area heals over time. Your mouth will eventually adjust to the new changes, and everything will meld together. If the area doesn’t improve, Dr. Bjornson can always make adjustments for you a few months after the procedure.
Post Procedure Care
It’s important to not rinse your mouth the day of your surgery and only follow prescribed mouth rinse directions.
- Minor bleeding may occur the first day following the procedure. Keeping gauze pads in place should alleviate any issues. You can take Advil or Motrin for minor pain.
- You should avoid hot liquids for at least 8 hours after your procedure. Heat could cause your tissue to bleed and ruin the protective covering that has been put over your gums.
- Eat only soft foods or liquids for the first week. Avoiding food items that require chewing is best. You can ease back into your diet after a week but make a conscious effort to keep the food out of the area of treatment.
- You must avoid brushing anywhere near the treated area for at least 30 days so the tissue can completely heal.
- After the area has fully healed, Dr. Bjornson will put you on a daily periodontal care regimen to keep gum disease and recession at a minimum or preventing it from returning entirely.