Are you suffering from receding gum lines? Gum recession is a common result of advanced periodontal disease and can be treated by Dr. Paul Denemark. When the gum line recedes, it lengthens the appearance of the tooth which can add years to your appearance. A simple gum grafting procedure can reconstruct the gum tissue, reviving the appearance of your smile and building up the barrier that protects the tooth structure from harmful bacteria. Dr. Denemark is a board certified periodontist who performs three types of gum grafts to restore the look and function of the gum line: connective-tissue grafts, free gingival grafts, and pedicle grafts.
Three Types of Gum Grafting Procedures
Connective tissue grafts are an indirect method of grafting which takes donor tissue from under a flap of skin cut into the roof of the mouth. The tissue is then surgically attached to the area around the treatment site. Free gingival grafts, conversely, are taken directly from the roof of the mouth and applied directly to the treatment site. Finally, pedicle grafts do not harvest donor tissue from another site but instead utilize the tissue around the exposed tooth root. With this method, Dr. Denemark would cut a flap into the adjacent gum tissue and gently stretch it across the exposed tooth, stitching it into place.
The method used for each patient is determined by the amount of gum tissue available, but all methods involve the same gum surgery recovery process. The grafted tissue integrates with the existing tissue as it heals, correcting your receding gum line and restoring your healthy gums.
What to Expect During Gum Surgery Recovery
After the procedure, it is important to follow all of the instructions given to you by our periodontist. If Dr. Denemark utilized sedation for your procedure, you must have a friend or family member drive you home. Gum surgery recovery instructions may include the use of a special mouthwash and avoiding the treatment area while it heals. This includes brushing and flossing. You may also be instructed to follow a soft food diet for the first week of gum surgery recovery to avoid damage to sutures and the resulting discomfort.
To learn more about gum grafting and gum surgery recovery, call us today at (630) 318-0988 to schedule your consultation.