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When Is A Gum Graft Needed?
Posted on 4/26/2021 by Dr. Michael Allard
One of the most common treatments suggested for gum-related diseases is gum graft or gum graft surgery.
This procedure primarily involves inserting or placing new tissue in areas that are void of gum tissue.
There are two main reasons or situations in which gum graft surgery is absolutely needed. These include the following.
Exposure of the Roots
The main purpose of gum tissue is to protect the roots of your teeth from bacteria and debris accumulation in the mouth. There's a layer of tissue called gingiva on the lower and upper jaws that basically surround the base of your teeth.
There are times when the gingiva begins to recede, making it hard for people to consume food comfortably. Gingiva recession eventually results in an exposure of your roots, which, if left untreated, can lead to bone loss as well.
So, in such cases, gum graft becomes highly essential as it helps cover the roots with a new tissue layer and also promotes the growth of healthy tissue.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, such as periodontitis or gingivitis, is another factor that calls for gum graft surgery.
These diseases often require cosmetic adjustments because they either elongate the appearance of the crown or lead to gum recession. In such instances, gum grafting helps treat tooth alignment, balances the smile, and helps create a natural appearance by place an additional layer of soft tissue in the troubled areas.
At Arrowhead Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Michael Allard and Dr. Allard perform gum grafting surgery by first properly examining your teeth in order to determine the severity of the issue and also how much tissue is needed.
If you think you require gum grafting, call us at (623) 738-2564 to schedule an appointment with us. We will help you understand the procedure, its requirements, costs, and all additional details.