Gum recession is one of the symptoms of gum disease and occurs when the gum line moves up or down the root of the tooth. Gum recession can be limited to a single tooth or several teeth and has symptoms including root sensitivity, inflammation of the gum tissue, root exposure, root cavity formation, and aesthetic issues. If you do have gum recession, you need to seek gum surgery as soon as possible because the gum tissue serves as a barrier to bacteria. If you do not have enough gum tissue around the teeth, bacteria can cause decay, gum and bone deterioration, or lead to tooth loss. In addition to gum grafting, we provide Pinhole Surgical Treatment (PST™) in Miami, FL which can treat gum recession without grafting or cutting and stitching.
If you feel like your teeth are too large or you are embarrassed about the amount of tooth surface that shows when you smile, you may benefit from a gum grafting procedure. Gum surgery can restore the loss of gum tissue and improve the overall health of the teeth and gums. There are three types of gum surgery procedures that can restore your oral health:
Connective Tissue Grafts
These are the most common types of gum grafts for treating root exposure around the teeth. In this procedure, we will cut a flap of skin on the roof of the mouth and remove tissue from underneath the flap. The excised tissue is sutured to the gum tissue around the exposed root and will eventually grow with the existing tissue. This creates a healthier gum line around the tooth.
Free Gingival Grafts
These are similar to a connective tissue graft but involve taking a small amount of tissue directly from the roof of the mouth. The excised tissue is attached to the gum area being treated and is a viable type of gum surgery for patients with very thin gums.
This method involves grafting gum tissue from surrounding areas and a flap is cut away so that one edge remains attached to the gums. The flap is pulled over the area that is exposed and stitched into place. This type of gum surgery is ideal for patients with plenty of gum tissue.
In some cases, we may need to use tissue grafts sourced from a tissue bank or synthetic material sources. For more information about a gum graft in Miami, FL
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