Root Coverage Gum Surgery
There could be just as many Americans as particular about their oral hygiene as there are those who rarely remember to floss, but regardless of how well we take care of our teeth, nobody is truly immune to the effects of the natural degeneration that comes with time. Whether you brush after every meal using a revolutionary water flosser and medicated fluoride toothpaste, or you simply just rub the hem of your shirt across your teeth whenever they feel fuzzy (which, of course, is strongly not advised!), there is almost always some risk to your dental care that may require additional attention. Periodontal Associates recognizes the need to feel confident in our smiles and is happy to educate you on how we can treat some of the lesser-known problem areas.
To Brush or To Not Brush Enough
Perhaps you have been told recently that it would benefit you to have a gum graft. That can sound intimidating and you could enough to put you in a state of shock, especially if you think you have done everything you can do to preserve your mouth. If this procedure has been recommended, all that this means is that the gum has receded so far from its original position that the lower part of your tooth is in danger of being exposed.
For the most part, nobody really even notices this has become a problem because of how long it generally takes for the gum to pull away. The dangers an exposed tooth root includes a compromise of the strength of the surrounding bone and even tooth loss. It has been documented in several causes to cause sensitivity to the freshly exhibited root and can be considered quite unattractive.
How A Graft Can Help Restore Your Grin
It helps to know beforehand that there are three primary methods of gum grafting available when it comes to this particular form of reconstructive restoration. Free gingival grafts are a type that is specifically used when working with those who may already have thinner gums which could note a marked improvement in their quality of life by having additional tissue implemented to create a thicker, more formidable gum.
With a pedicle graft, a flap of gum is mostly cut away and then pulled down over the revealed enamel for covering and then secured in place. It can only be done with those who have plenty of gum tissue readily available near the socket. The final, and most commonly used process is connective-tissue grafts, which is when a piece of skin is removed from within the roof of your mouth and sutured to the area that requires it.
After your surgery, it should probably be fine for you to return home, but if you are given something to help you relax before or during the operation, it is a good idea to have someone know you will need a ride after your treatment is over. You will receive detailed information about your aftercare, and it is important to follow these directions closely to help ensure the best possible outcome from your graft.
To prevent unnecessary irritation or increase the likelihood of infection, it is recommended that you refrain from your regular dental care until you are fully healed. This includes brushing and flossing for the immediate future. There is a good chance you will be given a rinse that is designed to reduce the number of bacteria that can form during this time. If it is determined to be a good idea, you may also be prescribed an antibiotic for even better preventative measures.
If there was tissue extracted from your oral cavity, you might feel a bit tender for a few days. The sensation is most closely compared to burning that one spot on the roof of your mouth with that bite of too-hot pizza you just could not wait to enjoy: sort of unpleasant, but not a big deal overall. If none of the tissue was removed, though, then there should be very little pain involved with your recovery. Be on the lookout for excessive bleeding, and if it does not stop after pressure has been applied for several minutes, please call us immediately.
Because it can be so simple and fast to repair, with minimal discomfort to you, there is no reason why you should put a root coverage graft on the back page of your to-do list. Please call Periodontal Associates without delay at (971) 317-8414 to get more information on this incredibly useful procedure!