Learning about Gum Grafts in Leesburg, VA
Gum disease that goes untreated will often cause permanent damage to teeth, gums, and bone. In fact, gum recession is one of the most common and noticeable results of a periodontal infection. In addition to several cosmetic issues, there are numerous health concerns as well. Teeth that have been affected by gum recession are often subject to severe decay and can even become lost over time. This is why it is important to contact Dr. Nina Hirshman about a gum graft in Leesburg, VA before it is too late.
before and after gum grafting
What is a Gum Graft?
A gum graft is a relatively short surgical procedure that aims to fix tissue that has been damaged by gum disease or other oral health issues. It involves taking tissue from one area of the mouth or using donor tissue and attaching it to the gum line. There are three main types of gum grafts that can be performed:
- Connective Tissue Grafts – First, Dr. Hirshman will create a small skin flap from the roof of the mouth. Then a tissue sample is taken from beneath this skin flap and stitched onto the gum line. After a few weeks, the two tissues will heal together.
- Free Gingival Grafts – Rather than creating a skin flap, Dr. Hirshman will take a superficial tissue sample from the roof of the mouth.
- Pedicle Grafts – Dr. Hirshman will create a flap of skin from the gum line and stretch it over so that the tooth root in need is covered. The tissue is then stitched in place and given time to heal. These are usually reserved for patients who have only experienced minimal recession and have plenty of tissue surrounding the tooth in deficit.
Do I need a Gum Graft?
If you have suffered from gum disease and/or are noticing recession, it is important to receive treatment as soon as possible. Your gum tissue plays an important role in protecting your teeth from plaque and bacteria. When the gum line recedes, your teeth are more likely to decay quickly.
If you have experienced recession and/or suspect gum disease, contact Dr. Hirshman today. We can provide more information about gum grafting procedures in Manassas, VA.
Gum Grafting Overview
For a brief narrated overview of the gum grafting process, please click the image below. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about gum grafting.