Gum Graft Surgery
Gum Graft Surgery in Bend, OR
Healthy gums are a major part of a healthy smile. If you have experienced gum recession, it can affect your oral health. When your gums have separated from your teeth, this can put your entire smile at risk. It can allow harmful bacteria to form plaque on the roots of your teeth, which can lead to tooth infections and bone loss. A gum graft is an oral surgery procedure that can restore your gum line so that soft tissue can once again protect the roots of your teeth. To repair periodontal tissue and avoid the risk of periodontal disease, we offer gum graft surgery in Bend, OR. This treatment can:
- Reduce your risk of further recession and potential bone loss
- Prevent tooth loss
- Reduce your oral sensitivity
- Improve the appearance of your smile
When should you get gum grafts?
Gum grafts are a surgical procedure that helps those who have experienced gum recession, often from advanced gum disease. Receding gums expose the roots of your teeth, which looks unattractive and also causes sensitivity. If not corrected, it can eventually result in the loss of teeth.
Are gum grafts worth it?
Gum grafts are worth it because they keep your teeth intact. You can avoid the cost and hassle of replacing lost teeth. Since you can’t get dental implants without healthy gums, your tooth replacement options would also be limited without a gum graft. A gum graft can also restore the appearance of a smile that has receding gums and exposed tooth roots.
Do gum grafts hurt?
A gum graft typically involves moving tissue from one part of your mouth, like the roof of your mouth, to your gums. While this can cause some discomfort, you won’t feel it because we will thoroughly numb your mouth with local anesthesia. You can also choose to receive dental sedation.
How is gum graft surgery performed?
During the procedure, a periodontist or oral surgeon harvests tissue from the roof of the mouth (palate) or a tissue bank and attaches it to the areas of recession on the gums, covering the exposed tooth roots.
Are there risks associated with gum graft surgery?
While gum graft surgery is generally safe, there are potential risks such as infection, bleeding, graft failure, and prolonged discomfort. However, these risks can be minimized by following pre-operative and post-operative instructions carefully and attending follow-up appointments.
More Questions About Gum Grafts?
If gum graft surgery sounds like it might be right for you, give us a call and we'd be happy to discuss your options further.