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Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting services offered in Weston, FL

If your gums have receded because of periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone. Almost half of adults 30 and older in the United States have gum disease. At Periodontist of Weston in Weston, Florida, periodontal specialist Tamir Segal, DMD, and his exceptional team offer gum grafting to restore your gumline and return your beautiful smile. Call the office to learn more or use the online booking feature today.

What is gum grafting?

Gum grafting is a standard dental procedure that restores receding gum tissue lost to gum disease. Restoring gum tissue is important: it helps hold your teeth in their proper place. When left untreated, gum disease and gum recession can eventually lead to permanent tooth loss.

During gum grafting, Dr. Segal takes healthy tissue from other areas of your mouth and uses it to restore your receded gumline.

What are the common causes of a receding gumline?

The most common causes of gum disease and a receding gumline are:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Bad diet
  • Skipped dental cleanings
  • Genetics
  • Some medicines
  • Specific medical conditions

You might also have a receding gumline if you brush your teeth too vigorously using a firm-bristled toothbrush.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Gum disease can cause the following symptoms:

  • Bright red gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Permanent teeth shifting
  • Bad breath
  • Gum swelling
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tender or painful gums

The earlier you seek treatment for gum disease, the easier it is to treat. You might not need gum grafting if it’s detected in the early stages.

Is gum grafting right for me?

Dr. Segal reviews your oral health history and examines your gums and teeth before determining whether you’re a gum grafting candidate. He also takes dental X-rays before creating your treatment plan.

What should I expect during the procedure?

Dr. Segal numbs the treatment area before doing a gum grafting procedure. He offers the following:

Connective and free tissue grafts

Connective tissue grafts and free gingival grafts are common. Dr. Segal removes tissue from the top of your mouth and stitches it into your gum tissue to increase its surface area.

Lateral grafting

During lateral grafting, he uses grafts from other parts of your gums, stretching the tissue to cover a more significant portion of your teeth.

What happens after gum grafting?

Your gums will probably be sore or swollen after gum grafting, but taking over-the-counter pain medicine can ease discomfort during the healing process. Be gentle with your gums when brushing your teeth, and call Dr. Segal if you have any questions during recovery. As your gum tissues heal in the next few weeks, you’ll begin enjoying your new beautiful gumline.

Call the Periodontist of Weston office or book an appointment online today to learn if gum grafting is right for you.