Gum grafts describe a number of periodontal procedures in which gum tissue is grafted. The aim might be to cover exposed root surfaces or augment the band of keratinized tissue in the case of thin gums. The gum tissue can be taken from the roof of your mouth or from a donor. Another innovative technique is the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique or Pinhole Surgical Technique.
Reasons you might need a gum graft:
- You have sensitive teeth when drinking cold fluids or eating ice cream: Your gums might be receded and your roots exposed, which causes your teeth to be sensitive.
- Your gums bleed when you brush: you might have thin gums that cannot withstand the forces of brushing and need a gum graft to thicken the tissue.
- The roots of your teeth show when smiling: your gums may have receded and may require gum grafting to bring them back to their original state.
- Your gums are fragile after having braces: sometimes braces weaken the gums, making them fragile which makes them recede.
- At the first appointment the dentist will take an impression of your upper jaw to fabricate a palate stent.
- At the second appointment you will have the gum graft: after a local anesthesia, the dentist will prepare the receded gums.
- The dentist will suture the new graft in place.
- The dentist will discuss with you some simple instructions to follow at home for the next week.
- You will come back 7-14 days later to remove the sutures.