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Gum Grafting

There are three types of gum grafting procedures that can be used to restore a beautiful smile and oral health. Dr. Ryan Estes and Dr. Allison Marlow can determine which procedure is best depending on your specific needs and your current oral health situation. Some of the best options are treatment that utilize a tissue graft, either from yourself or from a donor source.

Types of Gum Graft Surgery

Connective Tissue Graft

Tissue grafting can help prevent bone and tissue loss that would jeopardize your teeth and improve the look of your smile. Gum tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and placed in the area of recession and secured with sutures. After healing, the tissue thickness is improved, and the level of gum tissue is improved.

 

BEFORE: Connective Tissue Graft
AFTER: Connective Tissue Graft

Allograft Tissue Graft

The use of grafting materials that are not taken from the roof of the mouth allow patients to correct or improve recession with less fear and discomfort on the palate. The tissue used is sterile pre-screened, pre-tested tissue from human cadaver. Over 10 years of use in dentistry and in medicine, there has never been a reported case of disease transmission.

 

BEFORE: Allograft Tissue Graft
AFTER: Allograft Tissue Graft

Free Gingival Graft

Gingival recession is a progressive dental condition where the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, exposing more of the teeth and potentially the roots as well. It develops slowly over time, so many people do not notice until it is identified by a dental professional. Reasons for recession usually start with genetic determination of tissue amount and tooth position. Tooth movement, previous dental treatment, and brushing habits also contribute to recession. Early treatment to minimize damage and allow for easier repair makes treatment options easier for the patient.

 

Discomfort Minimization

  • To minimize discomfort for gum grafts taken from the roof of the mouth, an impression is taken of your top jaw to make a plastic retainer that acts as a protective shield after the procedure is completed

 

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