Am I a Candidate for a Gum Graft?
Patients who have experienced gum tissue loss due to misaligned teeth, gum disease, genetic factors, aggressive brushing, or other reasons are often ideal candidates for a gum graft. During your consultation at our Warsaw dental practice, Dr. Stofer will examine your teeth and gums to determine if a gum graft is right for your oral health needs.
Although gum graft surgery is straightforward and not heavily invasive, you will still need to be in good oral health and free of any conditions that could complicate surgery and recovery. If habits such as smoking, poor oral hygiene, or poor brushing techniques contributed to your gum recession, you will need to break them to avoid a relapse.
Benefits of Gum Graft
Patients who undergo a gum graft at our Warsaw dental clinic can benefit from:
- More even gum line
- More attractive smile
- Restored gum line symmetry
- Reduced sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks
- Lower risk of dental problems in the future
- Quick and effective procedure
- Restored oral health
- Long-lasting results
Additionally, a gum graft can also ease the side effects associated with gum recession, including bleeding gums and loose teeth.
How Are Gum Grafts Performed?
Dr. Stofer uses a less invasive surgical technique called the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Unlike traditional gum graft techniques, the Chao Pinhole technique does not require the use of scalpel or stitches. Before your surgery begins, Dr. Stofer will use local anesthesia and possibly sedation to ensure that you remain relaxed and comfortable throughout your treatment. Then, he will make a small pinhole in your gums near the area of recession. The healthy gum tissue is then elevated and pushed toward the treatment area. Collagen strips are used to stabilize the repositioned tissue.
Full recovery from this outpatient surgery can take one to two weeks. Dr. Stofer will provide detailed instructions for recovery, which may include directions on how to brush near the surgical site, guidelines for taking antibiotics and other medications, and advice on which foods can be safely eaten while your gums heal.