Gum Graft Procedures At Marylebone Implant Centre

Whether you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile or you’re after treatment to protect your mouth from the adverse effects of gum recession, having a gum graft procedure may be an option for you.

Receding Gums, a Cause of Great Discomfort

A patient suffering from receding gums will experience tissue pulling away from one or more of their teeth, which could expose the root of the tooth or more of the tooth, potentially leading to damage of tooth-supporting structures.

While the problem can go unnoticed for a long period of time, once the root is exposed it will cause tooth sensitivity. As a result, patients may experience major discomfort. Most often in this situation, clinicians will recommend a gum tissue graft procedure.

In other situations, gum recession in one or more teeth, may cause an aesthetically unpleasant situation that may be corrected with a gum graft procedure.

Gum Graft Treatment Options

Depending on your specific needs, which will be determined by our periodontist, there are three types of graft procedures:

Pedicle Graft

This procedure will involve the retrieval of tissue from gum tissue adjacent to the affected tooth. The pedicle (flap) is partially removed so one edge remains attached. The gum will then be pulled down to cover the root that is exposed, then sewn into place. This procedure is a great option for patients with plenty of tissue surrounding their teeth.

Connective-Tissue Graft

One of the most common methods to help patients who suffer from too much root exposure. In this procedure, connective tissue will be relocated from under the top layer of tissue on the roof of the patient’s mouth to cover the exposed root.

Free Gingival Graft

This procedure is similar to that of the connective-tissue graft. The main difference being, the periodontist will remove tissue directly from the roof of the patient’s mouth and attach it to the treatment area. This is an option for patients with extremely thin gum lines.

Can Gum Disease be Treated With Gum Grafts?

Typically, when implantologists refer to receding gums that may be treated with a gum graft, the required treamtent isn’t a result of periodontal disease.

For a successful gum graft procedure to be performed, the remaining tooth-related structures need to be intact – primarily the bone surrounding the tooth or implant. This usually isn’t the case for patients suffering from periodontal disease.

The most common situations when a gum graft is appropriate treatment for gum recession are:

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