Gum Grafting

Dental Implant Institute

Board Certified Periodontist & Dental Implant Expert located in Las Vegas, NV

When left untreated, periodontal disease often results in gum recession. Gum grafting provides a safe and effective way to prevent further damage and restore your smile. At Dental Implant Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jennifer Cha, DMD, MS, performs gum grafting onsite, using the vertical transition technique. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office today.

Gum Grafting Q & A

What is gum grafting?

Gum grafting is a surgical technique used to treat receding gums. If you have receding gums, it increases your risk of tooth decay, loose teeth, and, ultimately, tooth loss. 

Gum grafting is an outpatient procedure that’s relatively quick and pain-free. During treatment, your dentist removes a piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth or nearby healthy gum tissue and attaches to an area of your mouth affected by gum recession.

What are the types of gum grafting?

Dental Implant Institute offers several types of gum grafting, including:

Free gingival graft

If you have thin gums that require extra tissue, your provider might recommend a free gingival graft. During this type of grafting, they remove a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth and carefully stitch it to your receding gums.

Connective tissue graft

A connective tissue graft involves your provider making a small flap in the roof of your mouth and removing a piece of connective tissue from beneath the flap. Then, they take the connective tissue and stitch it on top of your receding gums. 

Pedicle graft

Your provider creates a flap in the healthy tissue next to your receding gums during a pedicle graft. She carefully stretches the flap over your gums and stitches it in place. Pedicle grafts don’t cut off blood flow to other areas of your mouth, allowing for a speedy recovery.

Regardless of the type of gum grafting you receive, your dentist uses the vertical transition technique. This proprietary treatment method lowers the risk of surgical complications, limits pain, and encourages your body’s natural healing process.

What is recovery like after gum grafting?

Gum grafting is safe and usually well-tolerated. However, to ensure a positive outcome and recovery, it’s important to avoid hard or hot foods that can burn or irritate your graft.

In the first few weeks following your procedure, stick to soft foods like scrambled eggs, Jell-O, cooked vegetables, and yogurt. Take any medications as prescribed and use an antimicrobial mouthwash to lower your risk of infection. 

Make sure to stop brushing and flossing until your dentist says it’s safe to resume these activities.

What type of gum grafting will I benefit from?

To determine the type of gum grafting that will most benefit you, your provider conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and takes oral X-rays. After gathering the necessary information, they develop a custom care plan based on your needs.

To explore gum grafting further, schedule an appointment at Dental Implant Institute. Call the office or book a consultation online today.