Gingival (Gum) Grafting
Gingivitis and in its advanced state, periodontitis, has a profound effect on the gums. As gingivitis progresses, more and more bacteria and plaque builds up, causing the gums to stretch or recede. So, in some of the cases, the gingiva end up with large pockets, and once those are cleaned out can create recession of the gum. The result is an unaesthetic gingival line with exceeded amount of tooth structure exposed.
Gum grafting is the corrective procedure that restores the gum to its natural, healthy state. A connective tissue graft is one when there has been a significant amount of gum recession in a particular area. Using soft tissue from the roof of the mouth, the exposed root surfaces, that are prone to sensitivity and decay, are grafted. For majority of the people, the procedure is routine and entails a minimal amount of downtime and discomfort. If slight gum recession can usually be fixed with a few changes to your oral hygiene routine, the more advanced recession need to be addressed surgically. The risk for infection and bacterial penetration is much higher and sensitivity to hot and cold foods can become a serious discomfort for you.
Another type of gingival grafting is repositioning healthy gum tissue from adjacent teeth into the area where the recession happened. This procedure is very predictable and has a high success rate.
In cases where the gums are very thin, Dr. Burlacu recommends a free gingival graft to create an adequate tissue around the teeth. The gingiva will be stable for long time and not recede. This procedure should be performed before more serious problems develop and requires also soft tissue from your roof of your mouth.
For your convenience, we offer all these procedures in the familiar environment of our office in Kelowna.