At Painfree Dentistry we offer a variety of gum and gum graft treatments. These procedures can improve the way your gums look as well as helping with infections and sensitivity. Our dentists are experienced and are trained to perform these treatments to a high standard.
Soft Tissue Grafts
The loss of gum tissue to gum disease will cause the gum line to recede. This makes the teeth look longer and will expose the root. The exposed root causes sensitivity and makes the tooth vulnerable to infection. Not only that but an exposed root will make the appearance of teeth less attractive. If you have the correct amount of bone but not gum a soft tissue graft will be performed. This will correct the recession of your gums and prevent any further receding. Also, it can add more soft tissue for a dental implant. A dentist will take tissue from the mouth to use in the graft.
Why Are My Gums Receding?
Your gums can start to recede because of the following reasons:
- Gum Disease – Infections in the gum will affect the tissue and bone that holds your teeth in their place. Gum disease is the main reason why gums recede.
- Genes – Some patients are more prone to gum disease through their genes even though their dental hygiene is great.
- Incorrect Tooth Brushing – If you brush your teeth incorrectly or brush your teeth too hard you can cause the gum to recede. It can also wear down tooth enamel.
- Poor Dental Hygiene – If you do not brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash properly this can lead to gum recession.
- Hormonal Changes – In females, pregnancy and the menopause can cause gum loss and sensitivity.
At Painfree Dentistry we offer three types of soft tissue grafts including free Gingival Grafts / Connective Tissue Grafts / Pedicle Grafts, Guided Tissue Regeneration, Gingivectomy and Gingivoplasty and a Frenectomy.
Free Gingival Graft
A free gingival graft involves tissue being taken from the palate. This is then grafted onto the receded area of the gum. This procedure increases the thickness of the gum tissue. It also protects exposed tooth roots.
Connective Tissue Graft
If you have an exposed root a connective tissue graft may be performed. This involves the dentist taking some tissue from the roof of your mouth. A flap will be cut and the tissue will be taken from under the flap. This is then stitched under the gum tissue around the exposed root. Then the flap that was created will be stitched back down.
This graft involves a flap of gum tissue being removed from an adjacent tooth. The flap used will be cut away slightly and moved to the side of the problem tooth to cover any exposed roots. Then the flap will be stitched into place.
Guided Tissue Regeneration
A guided tissue regeneration is also known as GTR. It is a procedure that uses a collagen membrane for the growth of new gum tissue. This procedure can be done with a special gel. The gel is applied to the problem tooth root and will stimulate the growth of tissue and bone matter. This makes your body think a new tooth is growing. Another treatment involves your dentist surgically inserting compatible material in-between the tooth and bone. This promotes bone growth.
Gingivectomy and Gingivoplasty
This procedure is used to reshape gum tissue. It involves surgically removing the gum tissue.
A frenectomy is used to remove the small fold of tissue between your two front teeth.
The success rates are very high for soft tissue grafts. Our very experienced staff will work with you during and after the procedure so you can be treated efficiently. The cost of treatment varies and can be discussed with our team. If you have any questions contact our team today.