Gum recession is a common gingival problem caused by several factors, including genetics, gum disease, aggressive brushing, and aging. Fortunately, gum grafting is a safe and effective procedure that can restore gum tissue and improve oral health.
The procedure can help protect your teeth from further damage and improve the aesthetics of your smile. At Allard Dental Centre, our experienced gum grafting dentists provide comprehensive treatment to address gum recession and periodontal disease.
A gum graft is a surgical procedure involving removing some tissue from one area of the mouth and transplanting it to another where the gums have receded or thinned. Gum grafts are performed for both cosmetic and functional purposes.
When your gums recede, they expose the roots of the teeth, which can cause sensitivity, discomfort, and even tooth loss in severe cases. Grafting can help protect the roots of the teeth and prevent further damage.
There are three main types of traditional gum grafts.
Connective Tissue Graft
The most widely used type of gum graft surgery involves taking a small flap of connective tissue from the palate of your mouth and using it to cover the exposed root surface. Our Langley dentist uses this type of graft to treat root exposure that results from gum recession.
Free Gingival Graft
It is a type of gum restoration surgery that also involves taking a small piece of tissue from the palate and transplanting it to the area of gum recession. However, unlike connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts do not contain any underlying connective tissue, making them helpful in treating thin gum tissue.
It involves taking a small flap of tissue from the gum surrounding the affected tooth and stretching it over the exposed root surface. Pedicle grafts are typically used when the patient has enough gum tissue surrounding the affected tooth to perform the surgery.
Pinhole surgery is a safe and effective treatment for mild to moderate gum recession. It is a good option at Allard Dental Centre for patients seeking a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting procedures.
During the treatment, a small hole is drilled into the gums above the affected tooth. Special surgical instruments are then used to loosen the gum tissue and gently guide it down to cover the exposed root surface. Tiny collagen strips are placed under the gum tissue to help hold it in place and promote healing.
Please schedule an appointment with our local dentist at Allard Dental Centre today to learn about the different types of gum grafts we offer.