Gum Grafting – Colorado Springs, CO

Restore a Healthy Gum Line

Have you noticed your gum tissue sits lower on your teeth than before? Maybe your teeth are looking larger, and you aren’t sure why? It could be the result of gum recession. This occurs when the gingival tissue shrinks away from the teeth, which can be caused by a variety of issues, like advanced periodontal disease, injury, or aggressive brushing habits. No matter the reason, it can lead to several oral health problems, including sensitivity and even tooth loss. We can save your smile and stop your discomfort with a gum graft in Colorado Springs.

Do I Need a Gum Graft?

woman pointing to her smile after gum graft in Colorado Springs

A gum graft is often recommended to protect your teeth after suffering gum regression. As the tissue surrounding your teeth pulls away from your tooth, it can expose the root. Initially, you might experience tooth sensitivity, but over time, you will have an increased risk of cavities. You may even lose teeth because your supporting bone can be destroyed.

It’s best to treat a receding gum line at the first sign of a problem. Unfortunately, since it’s a gradual process, as much as 12% of adults aren’t aware that they have an issue until it reaches severe stages. At this point, a gum graft is in your best interest to save your smile.

What Can I Expect During Gum Grafting?

woman smiling in chair at dental appointment

After an initial consultation with your periodontist in Colorado Springs, you’re scheduled for your procedure. A small incision is made into the tissue near the area of recession. Donor tissue from a bank or another area of your body is inserted into the site and stitched into place. Over the next 6 weeks, your gum tissue will fully heal to restore a healthy, attractive gum line.

There are 3 common types of gum grafts that are used:

  • Connective Tissue Graft: A flap of skin is removed from the roof of the mouth to collect the connective tissue underneath it. The tissue is stitched over the exposed tooth roots to restore a healthy gum line.
  • Free Gingival Graft: Tissue is taken directly from the roof of your mouth and sutured to the treatment site. This is typically recommended for patients who only need to thicken certain areas in the mouth.
  • Pedicle Graft: Tissue at or near a specific tooth is cut, allowing it to be stretch and stitched into place to cover an exposed root.

As an alternative to taking tissue from the roof of your mouth, there are instances where we may recommend using a donor bank. We will determine which option is best for your specific needs.

What are the Benefits of Gum Grafting?

dental instruments placed on a table for procedure

Restoring a healthy, beautiful gum line offers many benefits, including:

  • Preserve bone and teeth.
  • Protect the root from complications.
  • Correct a toothy or uneven appearance.
  • Treat chronic tooth sensitivity.

Save Your Smile Today

If you need a gum graft, there’s no need to worry. Our team of periodontists has the qualifications and experience you need to save your smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for gum grafting.

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