Gum Grafting FAQs

What is Gum Grafting?

Gum Grafting is a highly effective and safe way of combatting gum recession that has become pervasive. Recession is when the gum tissue surrounding the tooth begins to move away from the tooth and when this happens, the root of the tooth then becomes exposed. Gum recession, if not treated, will continue to increase. Gum Grafting replaces the missing gum tissue by placing new tissue in the area where there is little or no tissue. The tissue in this procedure can come from the palate (roof of your mouth) or more often, we are using Alloderm, a donated tissue. Once the tissue is put in place, it is delicately sutured (stitched) with exceptionally fine suturing material. When healed, the graft will prevent further recession and protect the bone that holds the root and tooth in place.

Does Gum Grafting hurt?

Gum grafting is an in-office procedure. You will be given a local anesthetic and the area will be completely numb. During the procedure, you will not feel anything. After the procedure, you will be prescribed a special mouth rinse, antibiotics, and ibuprofen to manage the pain.

Will there be swelling?

Sometimes there is some mild swelling. Arnica gel and icepacks will help with the swelling. You may also be prescribed a mild anti-inflammatory to help with any swelling.

Will I be able to eat or drink?

Yes. You will be able to drink, and you can eat soft foods on the untreated side of your mouth until the area is healed.

How long until the Gum Grafting is fully healed?

It will be healed for function (eating) at around 1-2 weeks. We will provide you with a special toothbrush to use in the area at your follow-up appointment after 2 weeks.

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