Gum grafting is a specialized procedure to restore a healthy gum line. With age, many people experience gum recession. Gums that have suffered some level of gum disease become inflamed or infected, leading to visible gum recession.
Gum grafting procedures
Gum grafting can be performed with several techniques. The right procedure for you will be determined after a thorough examination, and a discussion with you about what to expect in the procedure so you are fully educated. The types of gum grafting procedures include:
- Connective tissue grafting: A small flap is opened on the top of the mouth, through which a section of the connective tissue can be harvested and then stitched to the gums to add lost height and volume.
- Pedicle gum grafting: This approach involves harvesting tissue closer to the area of gum recession by creating a flap of tissue adjacent to the affected tooth, covering the area of the root that is exposed. This approach is not appropriate for all patients suffering gum recession, as it requires the patient to have adequate available gum tissue to perform the technique.
- Free gingival grafting: This technique also involves creating an opening on the roof of the mouth but involves harvesting tissue from the top layer of the palate.
- Regenerative gum treatments: At ModelSmile Dentistry, we offer advanced regenerative techniques for gum recession. Pinhole gum surgery involves the placement of a specialized tool into the tissue of the gums, creating a pinhole wound, and the gums then replaced against the tooth. The body has a natural healing capacity, and when it discovers a wounded area, it sends healing cells to the area. This treatment involves little discomfort, and minimal risk.