Antalya Gum Graft
Why are gum grafts performed?
If your gums are receding, your dentist may recommend a gum tissue graft. Gum recession exposes the roots of your teeth. This can cause the root surface of your teeth to become more likely to decay, as well as be more sensitive and prone to abrasion.
A gum graft, also known as a gingival graft, can correct receding gums.
At our clinic, Dr. Kazım the periodontist, a gum specialist is doing all surgical procedures.
In a gum graft, the periodontist first removes a piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth or from the nearby healthy gum tissue.
They next attach it to the area where your gums have worn away. This procedure is relatively quick, and you can leave as soon as it’s done.
How do you prepare for a gum graft?
There are three types of gum grafts:
- Free gingival graft
- Connective tissue graft
- Pedicle (lateral) graft
Our periodontist will discuss these options with you and make their recommendation based on your individual needs.
Once you’ve decided to have the procedure done, you don’t have to fast or change your diet on the day before or the day of the procedure. All you have to do is show up. Our periodontist will confirm the type of graft.
What can you expect during the procedure?
After arriving at your appointment, you’ll be escorted into the procedure room. Local anaesthesia will be used to numb the area where the procedure will be done.
In rare cases, your periodontist may allow you to have general anaesthesia so that you can be unconscious during the procedure.
Depending on your individual needs, your periodontist will perform one of the following:
Free gingival graft: Your periodontist removes a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth and suture (stitch) it to the area that needs gum tissue. You’ll likely get this type of graft if your gums are thin and need extra tissue to prevent further recession.
Connective tissue graft: Your periodontist opens a small flap in the roof of your mouth and removes a piece of connective tissue from under the top layer of tissue. They stitch this tissue to the area that needs gum tissue. This is the most common type of graft.
Pedicle graft: Your periodontist creates a flap of tissue from an area right next to your gum recession and uses the flap to cover the area of receding gum tissue. In this procedure, the gum tissue is moved over the recession with local tissue rather than being taken from another part of your mouth. This type of graft is usually the most successful because it doesn’t cut off blood flow in any part of your mouth. For this to work, you need plenty of gum tissue in the areas around your gum recession.
The procedure usually doesn’t take long. Once your periodontist has finished suturing up the graft, he will have you wash your mouth out with an antibacterial mouthwash.