Gum Grafting in Pittsfield, MA

When gum (periodontal) disease has progressed to the advanced phases, you might develop gum recession. This induces a higher gumline and exposed tooth roots. At Western Mass Periodontics, part of your periodontal disease treatment may consist of gum graft surgery to revive your gumline. With several different graft choices, our team will produce your personal treatment plan to restore your receding gums. Get in touch with our office in Pittsfield or Great Barrington, MA to learn more about how surgical gum grafts may repair your gums, cover your teeth, and also improve the appearance of your grin.

There are various sorts of grafts that will be chosen based on your specific condition. Connective-tissue gum grafts are the most common type used to fix exposed tooth roots. This involves cutting an incision in the roof of your mouth to take a small flap of skin. The connective tissue is removed from in the flap and then grafted to your gums. A free gingival graft is similar, except that much more tissue is used from the roof of the mouth to increase particularly thin gums. The next graft is a pedicle graft, which removes extra gum tissue from your mouth to wherever you need coverage. In your consultation, we will guide you to the best graft to suit your needs and goals.

What Are the Benefits of Gum Grafting?

At Western Mass Periodontics, gum grafting delivers many privileges for our patients with receding gums and additional dental worries.

  • Improves oral health: By tackling root exposures, gum grafting could lower the possibility of root cavities and other associated oral wellness problems.
  • Boosts aesthetic: Culminates in a more consistent and pleasant gum line, enhancing the comprehensive look of your smile
  • Preserves unprotected roots: Protects the fragile teeth roots from outside elements, minimizing sensitivity and pain
  • Prevents additional recession: Secures the tissue, hindering additional degradation and recession of gums
  • Minimizes the possibility of tooth loss: Secures the zone around the teeth, lowering the chance of tooth loss as a consequence of diminished support

Typically, gum grafts are used to fix gum recession brought on by periodontal (gum) disease. Your gumline might be visibly higher, and your gums may pull back from your teeth. Exposed tooth roots may cause greater sensitivity. Less common reasons that might cause or contribute to gum recession are aggressive tooth brushing or using a bad technique, frequent teeth grinding (bruxism) or jaw clenching, and misaligned teeth. Sometimes, oral piercings (lip or tongue) can irritate the gums and lead to recession. During your appointment at either our Pittsfield or Great Barrington, MA office, we will examine your gums and decide if you're a candidate for gum grafting.

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If you're using dental insurance, then a member of our team will get in touch with your provider and affirm your coverage. For remaining costs after dental insurance and also for patients without insurance, Western Mass Periodontics takes several payment methods. We try our best to make quality dental care as accessible as possible.

You should plan on a few days to recover from gum grafting. You'll also need to have someone take you home if you had intravenous or oral sedation. We will go over your aftercare instructions, such as dietary restrictions and any prescription medications you will need to take. You might feel some discomfort or pain for a while after the operation, which could be reduced with cold packs and nonprescription pain medication. To avoid damaging the grafts, you should not floss or brush while your gums are healing. We will suggest a rinse to keep your mouth clean. You may need to go back for another appointment so we can track your recovery and improvements.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.