Gum Graft

Gum Graft

Your gums could be receding if you feel sensitivity to hot and cold or portions of tooth root are exposed. Gum recession may begin to affect patients gradually and procedures like gum grafting can help prevent further loss of gum tissue. See Star28 Dental Clinic for a gum grafting session and to check further problems in tooth sensitivity and gum recession. 

Causes of Gum Recession

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Common causes of gum diseases are oral hygiene, hormonal changes, genetic disorders, illness and diabetes. Additionally, smoking can also affect oral hygiene and easily lead to gum disease making tobacco products immensely harmful to your oral health. Poor brushing and flossing habits as well as teeth grinding can make such diseases worse. Lip and tongue piercing may also rub and irritate gums, negatively affecting the soft tissue. 

Treatment for Gum Recession

Professional cleaning is the first stage of treatment to halt gum recession. It prevents tartar and bacterial plaque buildup, helping teeth gums to heal quickly. Gum graft surgery is advisable for more extensive conditions in gum recession as it helps in repairing the affected area and prevents further infection.


Types of Gum Graft

Depending on the condition of the patient and their oral health needs, any treatment option can be recommended. The three main types are a free gingival graft, connective tissue graft, and a pedicle graft.


With a free gingival graft, a small piece of tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth and added to the section that requires gum tissue. For thinner gums, this kind of graft is highly recommended.


Placing a connective tissue graft involves a carefully chosen piece of connective tissue from the upper layer which is then further stitched to the portion which requires it the most. This is one of the most common types of gum graft. 

The pedicle graft takes a flap of tissue from portions next to the gum recession site and uses it  to cover the most affected area. It is one of the most successful treatments in gum recession since blood flow is never stopped. 

Benefits of Gum Graft

Gum graft treatment can prevent further gum recession, bone loss, and tooth sensitivity while protecting tooth roots from decaying. Patients can feel happy with an even gumline and smile or speak with confidence, thereby feeling satisfied with the appearance of their teeth. 


Oral Care for Prevention of Gum Recession

Everyone must keep their gums healthy and teeth clean in order to avoid dangers of gum recession. Adapting to proper brushing and flossing techniques will help keep away plaque causing bacteria stuck between teeth. 


Even though only professional dental care providers can easily notice gum recession and suggest professional cleaning, patients are equally responsible to look for signs of gum recession. These can be done during twice daily brushing and flossing. All patients should look for the early signs of gum disease which include swollen or bleeding gums and persistent bad breath. If you are in need of professional care for gum related problems please call us at (714) 523-2828 and our professionals will help you with gum graft treatment and the prevention of further gum recession and bone loss.