One of the most noticeable side effects of gum disease is gum recession. When you notice that your gum line is moving down the root of the tooth structure, you may find that more tooth surface shows when you smile and your teeth become very sensitive. Grafts using the allograft technique may be necessary to restore the gum tissue and create a healthier gum line.
In this procedure, the tissue is taken from a tissue bank for placement around the exposed root. Connective tissue grafts are the most commonly performed types of gum grafting procedures and involve stitching the donor tissue around the exposed root to restore the gum line. As the grafted tissue and natural gum tissue start to grow together, a healthier gum line is created around the tooth and you will notice a significant improvement in your smile!
You may need to limit your diet to soft foods after the procedure because the gum tissues need time to heal. Most patients only require over the counter pain medication to manage the discomfort from a gum grafting procedure and can return to work within a couple of days.
If you need your gums repaired after gum disease or want to learn more about your gum graft options, we can help. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Becker in Racine, WI today!
Recession is a frequent finding in many of our patients. Deciding when to treat can sometimes be a difficult decision. The case below highlights an ideal case for correction. We noted a progression of recession, thin tissue architecture and lack of keratinized gingiva. An allograft procedure was complet-ed on teeth 5, 6 an 7 which all had deficient keratinized gingiva.
The photo on the right represents the results after several months of healing. Notice the excellent color match and complete resolution of the recession defect. In many cases full recession correction can be obtained. Generally, the earlier the referral the better the results. Discomfort from this procedure is also minimized because no palatal graft was harvested.