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At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, we offer gum graft surgery to protect you from the destructive and painful effects of gum recession. Amir Sanjabi, DDS can perform the quick and minimally-invasive surgery by removing healthy gum tissues from the roof of the mouth and using it to build up the receding gumline.
What is Gum Recession?
Gum recession involves gum tissue pulling back from your tooth, exposing the root. This can result in increased sensitivity, particularly when consuming hot and cold foods. Since gum recession is a slow and gradual process, many patients do not even notice the change in their gumline. However, if left untreated, receding gums can result in tooth loss. To restore the gums to their natural state, gum grafts are needed.
Types of Gum Graft
There are three different types of gum graft surgeries:
Connective tissue grafts
This is the most common type of gum graft surgery. During the surgery, we will open up a flap of skin from the palate and remove tissue from under it; called the subepithelial connective tissue. The tissue will be stitched to hide the exposed tooth root, and the flap at the roof of the mouth is stitched back up by the end of the procedure.
Free gingival grafts
This gum graft is used on people who have thin gums and need extra tissue to enlarge their gum area. In this process, a flap of tissue is cut directly from the roof of the mouth and stitched to the existing gum area.
This surgical graft works well for people who have a lot of gum tissue near the exposed tooth root. In this case, we will partially cut the gum tissue growing near the tooth, keeping one edge attached. We will then stretch it over the exposed root and hold it in place with stitches.
Benefits of Gum Grafts
There are several advantages of gum grafts:
What to Expect after a Gum Graft
Although it may take about two weeks for your gums to heal fully, you can go back to work on the following day. Since tissue has been removed and stitched to your mouth, you may feel pain for a few days, which can easily be controlled with some prescribed painkillers.
Your teeth may feel strange and sensitive after the surgery, and you can benefit by using mouthwash or desensitizing toothpaste. Your gums may also feel tighter after the surgery, but this feeling will go away after a few days.
We will also provide you with guidelines on how to care for your gums after surgery. You must not floss or brush your gums until they have healed properly. We will recommend antibacterial mouthwash to control plaque, and you may have to do a course of antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.
For a week following the operation, eat only soft, cool and warm foods like pudding, Jell-O, yogurt, soft vegetables, pasta, and ice cream.
If you notice any symptoms that suggest infection, immediately call us at (562) 287-8016 to schedule a visit. Symptoms of infection include increasing swelling and pain, bleeding that doesn’t stop for over 20 minutes, formation of pus, or fever.