Is your periodontal disease causing your gums to recede? Gum recession may cause your teeth to appear longer than usual with increased sensitivity and pain – not to mention embarrassment when smiling. Fortunately, Dr. Kevin Calongne at West Houston Periodontics offers a solution that can help your situation and allow for a more beautiful smile. This procedure is called a gum graft.
What is a Gum Graft?
A gum graft is an oral procedure which is performed by removing a small tissue from another area of the mouth (or cadaver) and placing it surgically on the recessed areas. This procedure is often suggested for patients with periodontal disease, bruxism (teeth grinding) and bite misalignment. The finished product is a more aesthetically pleasing appearance and healthier smile. Gum Grafts must be performed by a skillful and experienced Houston Periodontist, such as Dr. Calongne.
How Does the Procedure Work?
The procedure involves getting local anesthesia to fully numb the areas of your mouth being treated. You will not feel any pain while undergoing the procedure. Once you are fully numb, Dr. Calongne will remove a small portion of tissue from the roof of your mouth, or another location and carefully attach it to the desired area. We can also use cadaver material if you choose not to use your own tissue, which has less discomfort.
Once complete, the periodontist will apply gauze over the area to allow for proper healing in the days and weeks following surgery.
Will it Hurt?
Throughout your surgery, you can expect to feel no pain, as the anesthesia will ensure you are thoroughly numb. However, once you are home and the effects have worn off, it is not uncommon to experience some soreness and discomfort. Fortunately, there are ways to manage the pain and avoid complications.
A few ways you can ensure a swift and successful recovery include:
- Avoiding brushing and rinsing your mouth the day of your surgery
- After the first 24 hours, use a mouth rinse to swish around to kill off any bad bacteria
- Avoiding hot foods and beverages for the first few days. Instead, eat soft foods for the first week.
- Keeping your tongue away from the surgical area
- Avoiding strenuous activity for about a week
- Taking any prescribed medications as instructed by your periodontist.
A gum graft can be an extraordinarily beneficial procedure, but you will need to take the appropriate steps to ensure you heal properly. After a short time, you will be able to enjoy a healthier, more beautiful smile.
About West Houston Periodontics
At West Houston Periodontics, we are specialists in periodontal care. Dr. Kevin Calongne is a highly trained periodontist who can help improve your soft oral tissues and offer preventive tips to avoid potential dangers that can come with worsening gum health. If you suspect you may be suffering from receding gums and need a gum graft or other similar procedure to restore your oral health, please contact us today for a consultation visit.