For a gum graft at Centre Dentaire Anjou, know that our team provides you with general dentists and specialists. Among these specialists, we find periodontists. These dental specialists focus their practice on the health of the periodontium, the collection of tissues in which the roots of teeth are firmly anchored. Included in the tissues of the periodontium are the gums. These can lose thickness and height for a number of reasons, which we’ll explain below.
This is why performing a gum graft may be necessary in order to preserve the integrity of the teeth!
Why perform a gum graft?
Gingival recession or gum loss around the tooth may have several causes. Traumatic brushing, periodontal disease, bruxism and poorly positioned tissue/muscle attachment are just some of the reasons. Teeth that naturally present with a very thin gum are more at risk for gingival recession.
It is important to identify the causes of the gingival recession. If indicated, a gingival graft may be necessary to arrest recession. Gingival graft can recreate or reposition the lost of band of protective tissue around the tooth. In many cases, a graft may partially or completely cover the exposed root.
There are three common gingival graft procedure: palatal, free-gingival and pedicle graft. Our periodontists, Dr. Mélanie Campese and Dr. Jeremy Werbitt are specialized to treat any gingival problem after proceeding a periodontal consultation and examination.
Are you suffering from receding gums?
To answer this question, one must know how to identify the signs and symptoms that are associated with receding gums. Here are the 3 main signs to watch out for since their presence should prompt you to see your dentist:
- Teeth whose roots become exposed may appear longer than adjacent teeth. It is therefore necessary to watch the teeth which seem “elongated” compared to the rest of the dentition.
- Since the roots are not as well protected against external aggressions as the crown of the teeth (the part that is visible outside the gum), gingival recession risks causing hypersensitivity of the teeth, especially in contact with heat, cold and sweet or sour foods.
- In more advanced cases of gum recession, the teeth may become mobile, since the roots aren’t well supported.
Stages of gum graft
When performed by qualified dentists, such as our periodontists at Centre Dentaire Anjou, gum grafts are fairly simple to perform and require only a few steps:
- The area receiving the graft must first be thoroughly cleansed. By removing all traces of dental plaque and tartar, the graft will adhere better.
- The graft is usually taken from the patient’s palate, a small piece of gum tissue is taken there.
- The graft is placed on the area to be treated, then it is fixed with stitches.
- Postoperative instructions is given and explained to the patient to ensure proper recovery after surgery, and a follow-up appointment is scheduled.
If you suspect you are suffering from a gum recession, make an appointment now with our team. If necessary, we will refer you to our specialist for periodontal care, to allow you to benefit from care provided by experts.