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Gum Grafting – All You Need to Know

For some, thinning or receding gums can be problematic and painful. This often occurs from brushing to aggressively, excess tartar or plaque, smoking or even trauma to the tissue of the gums.

Fortunately, there are high-tech treatments to help cover exposed tooth roots that result from gum recession. Such a technique is called gum grafting — which aims to restore your gums to health.

Read more about this treatment below.

Just how does gum grafting work?

Gum grafting is a procedure that can add needed volume to your gumline and help to enhance overall health of your gums and mouth. It can also reduce your chances of developing gum disease.

A consultation with Dr. Milan can determine if gum grafting is a solution for you. If so, we will refer you to a partnering periodontist for an exam. During this visit, the periodontist will measure the recession and inspect your gum health.

Depending on severity, you may be advised to monitor recession, or it may be suggested to move ahead with gum grafting.

The treatment can typically be done in about an hour and is done under local anesthesia to numb gums and teeth. It can also be performed under sedation.

Next, the area of treatment is prepared, and an incision is made to create a tiny flap in the gums. Teeth roots are then cleaned. Next, a small piece of tissue from the roof of the mouth that is then placed over the recession are. Finally, sutures stitched into the area. Recovery is typically about one week.

Gum grafting in Birmingham, MI

As a leader in dental services – from cosmetic to restorative to preventative – Dr. Milan and the team at Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry can help you achieve all of your dental goals.

If your gums need some TLC or if your teeth could use some extra attention, rest assured our office is able to handle any dental issue you may have. And we do it with care and compassion.

If you are interested in learning more, please call us today. We look forward to calling you a patient!

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