Gum graft surgery is a dental procedure to repair receded gums and replace lost tissue by taking healthy tissue from the roof of the mouth (palate) and transplanting it onto the affected area. The primary purpose of this dental treatment is to restore gum health, improve aesthetics, reduce tooth sensitivity, reduce inflammation, and minimize further gum recession.

About gum grafting

Gum grafting can be utilized for one or multiple teeth at a time, depending on the damage to the gums. Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the treatment area before carefully cutting and stitching donor tissue into place with dissolvable sutures. Healing typically takes up to several weeks – during which it is essential to follow all your dentist’s instructions for proper care. 

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What are the benefits of gum graft surgery?

In addition to improving overall appearance, restoring gum health can:

  • Help reduce sensitivity issues caused by receding gums or bone loss
  • Eliminate pockets of bacteria along the surface of your teeth that can lead to infections and decay over time

When is gum grafting used?

Gum grafts are often performed to treat extensive periodontal damage due to plaque build-up, injury, or illness. It may also be necessary for aesthetic reasons, such as covering exposed root surfaces that compromise your smile.

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Am I a good candidate for gum graft surgery?

Anyone suffering from receded gums associated with periodontal disease is likely a candidate for this type of surgery, but it’s important to discuss all possible options with your dentist before any procedure. Your historical medical records should also be considered since any existing conditions could affect the results of your gum graft. 

What is the procedure for gum grafting?

First, your dentist will administer local anesthesia before removing healthy tissue from either inside your mouth or another donor source on your body (such as your skin). The grafting material will then be carefully placed into position before being secured using dissolvable sutures; this process usually takes about an hour, depending on how many teeth are being addressed.

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What is recovery like for gum graft surgery?

After completion, patients may experience slight pain, swelling, and localized bleeding in the treatment area, lasting up to 48 hours. Aside from this, there may only be little discomfort which can easily be managed with over-the-counter medication if needed. To ensure optimal healing times, patients must adhere to their dentist’s post-op instructions, including:

  • Eating soft foods
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Drinking alcohol

What foods should I eat during my gum grafting recovery?

During the recovery period after gum graft surgery, eating soft and non-sticky foods is vital to avoid irritating the surgical site. Some of the recommended foods are:

  • Soft-cooked vegetables
  • Oatmeal and cream of wheat cereal
  • Yogurt and milkshakes
  • Pasta and rice
  • Mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • Eggs and tofu
  • Smoothies and soups

Avoid hot foods and drinks and hard, crunchy, and acidic foods. 

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Why choose us for your gum grafting?

ConfiDental is the ideal choice for your gum graft surgery needs. Led by our top dentist with a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in dentistry, we offer an extensive range of dental services, including veneers, implants, bridges, crowns, and root canals.

Dr. Liyan Massaband, DMD, MPH, is known for her highly personalized approach to care, providing each patient with the utmost attention they deserve. Whether you require a routine checkup or a more advanced procedure such as gum grafting, you can feel confident you’ll receive the best treatment at ConfiDental Beverly Hills, the premier dental boutique practice in the Beverly Hills area. 

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