Having a pleasing smile is something we all desire. The lasting effect an attractive smile can have on your confidence is quite phenomenal. But, not all of us may be lucky enough to have a smile that brings in a lot of compliments. Oral concerns such as teeth staining, malocclusion, external trauma, cavities, gum diseases, etc., can upset your smile to such an extent that you may feel too conscious even to confidently smile when you socialize.
Gum diseases, in particular, are known to ruin the oral health as well as the aesthetics of the smile to a severe extent. They can lead to symptoms such as pain, bleeding gums, redness, receding of gums, discharge of pus, etc., making the oral setup look quite unhealthy.
What is a gum graft?
The procedure of extracting soft tissues from a healthy part of the mouth and grafting them to the infected and receded region on the gums is called gum grafting. This process helps to replenish the required volume of tissues in the gums, which helps to restore both oral aesthetics and functionality. The procedure has to be carried out by a well-trained and experienced dentist, such as Dr. Puffer, to get the best results possible.
What leads to gum diseases?
Gum diseases are quite a hassle, and like many other oral concerns, they are caused due to the deposition of plaque and tartar on the teeth and tooth roots. The tartar deposits contain numerous microbes, which release toxic acids when they feed on the food residues in the mouth. These toxins can erode the enamel to cause cavities and infect the nearby gum tissues by decaying them, starting from the gum line.
Root canal infection results from a cavity that is left untreated for a long duration and advances to the deeper layers of the tooth. The microbes present in the dental pulp could infect the gums tissues as well.
External trauma to the mouth can lead to injured gums, causing severe inflammation. The oral microbes could infect the gums by entering through these openings.
How is gum grafting carried out?
Gum grafting involves two main procedures - removing the infected tissues and grafting healthy ones to the receded region. The decayed gum tissues will be extracted using laser therapy. The laser beam vaporizes the tissues instantly and seals the wound underneath, thereby making the procedure minimally invasive, quick, and highly effective. The need for sutures or long healing periods after the procedure would be eliminated.
Next, healthy tissues will be harvested from a different part of the mouth, preferably the palate. These tissues would aesthetically match the gums, which is how they would be indistinguishable against them. The tissues will be placed near the receded area and grafted meticulously. A suitable healing period would be suggested for the new tissues to fuse to the existing ones. Patients should be very cautious during this period. It is best to avoid eating hot and spicy foods, brushing near the grafted area, etc.
To have a consultation with Dr. Puffer, please call our office at (936) 564-2439 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.