Gum Grafting Surgery in Charleston, SC
Periodontal disease can create a range of problems.
In its early stages, you might experience bad breath or gums that bleed when you brush and floss. As the chronic condition progresses, your gums will begin to recede and expose the roots of your teeth. This is uncomfortable since these roots are quite sensitive. Your teeth may also become loose. In fact, periodontal disease is the main cause of lost teeth in American adults.
While gum disease is not reversible, we can correct the damage it causes using an advanced procedure called gum grafting. Gum grafting helps your body replace the lost tissue with healthy tissue for greater comfort and protection.
What Is Gum Grafting?
You might already be familiar with the concept of skin grafting. It's used to treat damaged skin caused by burns or other severe trauma. Gum grafting is a similar idea.
While the name may sound kind of scary, the actual treatment is not. Different types of gum grafting techniques are available, and we'll determine which one is right for you after a thorough evaluation and assessment of your needs. Some procedures require that we remove a small bit of tissue from the roof of your mouth, which is then surgically attached to the area where gum recession has occurred. Another type of graft takes tissue from around the gum where we'll be making the repair. This can be done when you still have sufficient gum tissue in other areas.
Other options include using donor grafting materials from a tissue bank or a protein matrix that stimulates new tissue growth. We'll explain your options and make sure you understand what's available, which options we recommend, and why.
Self Care following a Gum Graft
To give your graft the best chances for success, you'll want to take proper care of yourself following your procedure. Your dentist will provide you with a list of recommendations so you can achieve the best results, and it helps to plan in advance.
Keep these pointers in mind as you prepare:
- Avoid brushing or flossing in the repaired area until it has fully healed. We'll provide you with a rinse that will help control plaque while you heal.
- If you are prescribed an antibiotic, be sure to take all the medication.
- Stock your pantry and fridge with soft foods such as eggs, Jell-O, ice cream, popsicles, cottage cheese, yogurt, smoothies, and protein shakes.
- If you experience discomfort, over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help. Avoid aspirin, however, since it can increase the risk of bleeding.
If you have questions or you experience pain that is not relieved by over-the-counter pain relievers, please contact our Charleston dental office right away.
Call to Learn More
Call us at James Island Dental Associates and let Dr. Weir or Dr. Thomas consult with you about the types of gum grafting procedures we offer.