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Gum Grafting Can Restore Your Periodontal Health


A closeup image of the teeth and gumsPeriodontal disease can lead to many uncomfortable symptoms, including gum recession. Visible symptoms of the condition include gums that pull away from the teeth, possibly exposing the roots, and making the teeth appear longer. When more conservative gum disease therapies such as scaling and root planing are insufficient, gum grafting may be recommended. This procedure involves removing soft tissue from a donor area in the mouth and placing it in the affected area to restore your gum line. One of our doctors will carefully assess the extent of your condition to determine if gum grafting is right for you. During your consultation at our Montgomery, AL-area practice, you can learn more about the procedure and whether it should be incorporated into your treatment plan. Contact our office today to make an appointment with one of our doctors.

Gum Disease Symptoms

Patients who have developed periodontitis may experience a variety of symptoms:

  • Swollen, red gums that bleed easily
  • Gums that recede from the teeth, making the teeth appear longer
  • Spaces developing between the teeth
  • Abscesses forming between your teeth and gums
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

If you are experiencing any of these signs, it is important to meet with your doctor to prevent further development of the disease.

The Grafting Procedure

If your doctor determines that gum grafting is the best course of treatment, they will answer any questions you have before beginning the procedure. In order to minimize discomfort during surgery, your doctor will administer local anesthetic to the treatment area. Other sedation options may be provided, depending on your unique needs. Your doctor will surgically remove a small section of tissue from the roof of your mouth and then stitch the incision closed. In some cases, the donor tissue may be removed from a different area of the gum line. The tissue is then transplanted to the affected area and stitched into place. 

Recovery from Gum Grafting

Recovery from gum surgery will require some temporary adjustments to your lifestyle. Patients are advised to eat soft, cool foods for about two weeks following surgery. You should avoid flossing or brushing the area where the gum line was repaired until it has completely healed, which could take several months. We will give you detailed post-operative instructions to help expedite healing and ensure your comfort during the recovery period.

Benefits of the Procedure

If left untreated, gum recession can cause sensitivity and eventually lead to tooth loss. Treatment with grafting minimizes any noticeable symptoms so that you can consume the foods and drinks that you enjoy. The procedure also protects your gum line from further recession, which protects the integrity of your teeth and bone structure. Your soft tissues will be restored and your teeth will appear more uniform in size, allowing you to smile with confidence again.

Contact Us to Learn More

Soft tissue grafting can effectively restore your gum line and improve your oral health. Contact our office to learn more about your periodontal treatment options. 

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