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Gum Graft Surgery: Treatment for Receding Gums and How to Prepare for the Procedure

Gum recession is a common dental issue that occurs when the gum tissue around the teeth wears away, exposing more of the tooth root. This can lead to tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Gum graft surgery is a procedure that is done to treat receding gums and restore the gum tissue around the teeth. In this blog, we will discuss gum graft surgery and how to prepare for the procedure.

What is Gum Graft Surgery?

Gum graft surgery involves taking a small piece of tissue from another area of the mouth, such as the roof of the mouth, and grafting it onto the affected area of the gums. The grafted tissue then grows and integrates with the existing gum tissue, restoring the gum line and preventing further gum recession.

How to Prepare for Gum Graft Surgery?

  1. Consult with your dentist or periodontist: Your dentist or periodontist will assess the severity of your gum recession and determine if gum graft surgery is necessary.
  2. Discuss the procedure with your dentist: Your dentist will explain the procedure, including the benefits, risks, and recovery process.
  3. Follow pre-operative instructions: Your dentist may provide you with pre-operative instructions, such as avoiding food and drink for a certain amount of time before the procedure.
  4. Arrange for someone to drive you home: Since you will be given anesthesia, it is important to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
  5. Prepare for recovery: After the procedure, you may experience swelling, discomfort, and sensitivity. Prepare soft foods and cold compresses to help with the recovery process.

Benefits of Gum Graft Surgery:

  1. Restores the gum line: Gum graft surgery restores the gum line, preventing further gum recession and tooth loss.
  2. Reduces tooth sensitivity: Gum recession can lead to tooth sensitivity, and gum graft surgery can reduce or eliminate this sensitivity.
  3. Improves oral health: Gum graft surgery can improve oral health by preventing further gum recession, tooth decay, and gum disease.

In conclusion, gum graft surgery is a safe and effective procedure for treating receding gums and restoring the gum line. By following pre-operative instructions and preparing for the recovery process, patients can experience the benefits of this procedure and maintain good oral health. If you are experiencing gum recession, talk to Dr. Pollock and his team about gum graft surgery as a treatment option.