A gum graft, also known as a gingival graft or periodontal plastic surgery, is the collective name for procedures that aim to cover an exposed tooth root surface or thicken the amount of gum tissue with grafted oral tissue.
Exposed tooth roots can result from gingival recession due to periodontal disease, but there are other common causes, including overly aggressive brushing and trauma. In some cases, it can be caused from moving teeth with braces. Some people are simply born without adequate bone and/or gum over the roots of the teeth.
Major Benefits of Gum Grafting:
- Reduced sensitivity
- Improved appearance
- Improved gum health
What Does Gum Grafting Treatment Involve?
Once the need for gum grafting surgery has been determined, the dentist can provide literature, advice and educational tools to increase the effectiveness of homecare and help reduce the susceptibility of gum recession in the future. A referral to a periodontist would then be made.
The gum grafting procedure is usually performed under local or IV anesthetic, and the exact procedure will depend on whether tissue is coming from the patient’s palate or a tissue bank.
Initially, small incisions will be made at the recipient site to create a small pocket to accommodate the graft. Then a split thickness incision is made, and the connective tissue graft is inserted into the space between the two sections of tissue.
Thin sutures are often placed, and surgical material is used to protect the area during the first week of healing. Uniformity and healing of the gums will be achieved in approximately six weeks.
How Much Does Gum Grafting Cost?
The cost of gum grafting can vary widely from patient to patient, since grafting a very small amount of tissue can cost upwards of $1200. However, Dr. Brusky never wants patients to go without life-changing dental procedures just based on cost. You owe it to yourself to talk to Dr. Brusky and his friendly staff about your budget concerns. A gum graft could change your life. Schedule your appointment today.
Current and new patients who are curious about gum grafting should consult Dr. Brusky about this procedure at your next appointment. Our office number is (920) 662-1440.