When you think about your oral health, you most likely think about brushing and flossing your teeth. Moreover, while your teeth are an extremely important feature of your mouth, being responsible for things such as chewing and aiding in speech, they are not the only thing that you need to worry about. Your gums are also a critical part of your oral health. They seal out bacteria, protecting the roots of your teeth from harmful bacteria. However, when your gums recede, the health of your mouth is put in jeopardy. At San Tan Oral Surgery, we can restore your gum line, and protect your oral health,
with tissue grafting.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of gum recession. When bacteria attack your gums, the tissue becomes inflamed. As a result, your gums begin to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria then fall into these pockets and cause further damage. As the tissue becomes more inflamed, it continues to pull further away, dying off.
Other causes of gum recession include:
What is Tissue Grafting?
Tissue grafting is a surgical procedure meant to restore your lost gum tissue. This is accomplished by taking soft tissue from elsewhere in your mouth, often the roof of your mouth, and suturing it in place over the areas of recession. As the graft heals, your existing tissue and the new tissue grow together and reform around the base of your teeth, creating a new seal to protect them.
Before we begin the procedure, we first clean your teeth with a treatment known as scaling and root planing. When ready to begin the graft, we administer a local anesthetic, at both the donor site (if we are using your tissue) and the gums. We then harvest the donor tissue and suture it in place over the affected teeth. When finished, we provide you with aftercare instructions, which include what to expect and how to deal with common post surgical issues. With proper rest and care, you should be almost completely healed in six to eight weeks.
There are three common types of tissue grafts:
Benefits of Tissue Grafting
There are several benefits to a tissue graft:
If your gums have receded, a tissue graft may be the answer. Call San Tan Oral Surgery today at (480) 604-2592 to schedule your consultation.