Okanagan Periodontics

Bone Grafting / Augmentation in Kelowna

Gingival Enhancement

Exposed tooth roots are the results of gum recession. Recession occurs for several reasons including assertive tooth brushing or periodontal illness. Gum grafting will cover the exposed roots to guard them from decay, help reduce tooth sensitiveness, and improve the aesthetics of your smile.

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Gum recession

Gum recession is due to advanced gum illness. When gingivitis goes untreated, gum disease (also called periodontitis) will cause gums to pull away from the teeth, leaving large resources where bacteria can grow and damage the bone that supports the teeth. Gums can also shrink back from the teeth, making the teeth look longer. Teeth may then become loose, fall out, or have to be pulled out by a dentist.

Gum recession is a slow process and you may not even remember that your gums have receded.

Nonetheless without a gum tissue graft, recession can have a detrimental effect on the health and function of your teeth. Here are common among people whose gums are receding:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or maybe to sweet, spicy, or sour foods
  • Teeth appear longer than normal
  • Spaces between teeth are larger
  • Roots of teeth start to show

Gum tissue grafting

Gum graft surgery is available to stop gum recession and / or improve the appearance of your gum line.

When your gums recede, the body loses a natural defense against bacteria and this may cause your teeth to be more susceptible to decay. You’ll also experience increased sensitivity and from an esthetic point of view, the appearance of your grin can be affected.

During gum graft surgery, Dr. Steven Faigan takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even-out your gum line and reduce sensitiveness. Depending on your specific wishes we will perform one of three differing types of gum tissue grafts.

Connective tissue grafts

The most typical strategy to treat root exposure, connecting tissue grafting involves cutting a flap of skin on the roof of your mouth (or palate) and removing tissue from under the flap, called sub-epithelial connecting tissue. This tissue is then stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed root. After the connective tissue, or graft, has been removed from under the flap, the flap is then stitched back down.

Free gingival grafts

Similar to a connecting tissues grafting, a free gingival graft involves the utilization of tissue from the roof of the mouth. But instead of making a flap and removing tissue under the topmost layer of flesh, a touch of tissue is removed straight from the roof of the mouth and then attached to the gum area being dealt with.

This strategy is employed most frequently in people who’ve thin gums to begin with and need additional tissue to enlarge the gums.

Pedicle grafts

In this procedure, instead of taking tissue from the palate, it is grafted from gum around or close to the tooth wanting fix. The flap, called a pedicle, is only partially cut away so that one edge remains attached.

The gum is then pulled over or down to cover the exposed root and stitched into place. This process can only ever be done if you have lots of gum tissue close to the tooth.

Many factors will make contributions to your chosen grafting technique. Dr. Steven Faigan will advise you you which method will work best for you personally your fitness and your grin.

You may experience some swelling following the operation. Applying an ice pack to the exterior of your face over the treated area can be of help with any discomfort. In a few cases, antibiotics are given before, during, and after the treatment in order to prevent any contagions. After one or two weeks, you’ll have a post-op check where Doctor. Dr. Steven Faigan will check the surgical area and make sure you are healing well and address any questions you will have.

A gum graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. In a number of cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from rot. This may reduce tooth sensitiveness and improve esthetics of your smile. Whether you’ve got a gum graft to improve function or esthetics, patients regularly receive the benefits of both: a pretty new grin and improved periodontal health your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.


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