Gingival grafts benefit both your oral health and your appearance and self-esteem. When gum tissue recedes, the teeth become more sensitive so a gum graft can reduce this sensation in the area especially in patients who experience discomfort in response to hot or cold temperatures. Additionally, without a layer of gum tissue to protect them, the roots of the teeth are exposed to the bacteria in the oral cavity, and if the root is affected by an infection or decay, the tooth can be at risk for being lost.
Of course, receding gums are quite unattractive, as well. Gum tissue makes an underappreciated contribution to your smile’s aesthetic. As the proportion of gum to tooth shifts and more tooth material is exposed, the patient starts to appear – quite literally – “long in the tooth.” A gingival graft will restore the correct proportions to your smile and make sure that the “frame” of the gum tissue looks just as appealing as your teeth do.
Aftercare for Gingival Grafts
As is the case with any type of surgical procedure, infection is a risk following gingival grafts. Our doctors will give you detailed instructions on how to keep both the donor site and the recipient site as clean as possible to minimize this risk. We will also educate you on the signs of infection so that you can monitor your mouth for these symptoms and contact our office to follow up if you notice any of them.
Some patients may also experience mild discomfort at either the recipient or donor site following a gingival graft. Often, this symptom can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers. Patients may also want to adjust their diets in the first few days after the procedure to avoid irritating either site.
Have you noticed that your gums appear to be shrinking? We can restore comfort and beauty to your smile’s appearance. Come to our office for an evaluation and to learn more about treatment options like periodontal plastic surgery.