Gum Grafting in Minneapolis, MN

After a thorough periodontal exam, a Gum Grafting Procedure could be recommended by Dr. Wilson or Dr. Kersten as a part of your treatment plan.

A gum graft (also known as a gingival graft), is a collective name for surgical periodontal procedures that aim to cover an exposed tooth root surface and preserve bone with grafted oral tissue.

Exposed tooth roots are usually the result of gingival recession due to periodontal disease.  There are other common causes, including overly aggressive brushing, trauma and orthodontics.

Here are three types of gum grafting done in our office.

  • Free gingival graft – This procedure is often used to thicken gum tissue.
  • Connective tissue graft – This procedure is commonly used to cover exposed roots.
  • Pedicle graft – This type of graft involves the “sharing” of soft tissue between the affected site and adjacent gum. 

Why Do You Need Gum Graft?

Gum grafting is a common periodontal procedure and there are many reasons why Dr. Wilson or Dr. Kersten may have recommended it as a part of your treatment plan.  Though the name might sound frightening, the procedure is commonly performed with excellent results.

Here are some of the major benefits associated with gum grafting:

  • Reduced sensitivity – When the tooth root becomes exposed, eating or drinking hot or cold foods can cause extreme sensitivity to the teeth.  Gum grafting surgery permanently covers the exposed root, helps reduce discomfort, and restores the good health of the gums.
  • Improved gum health – Periodontal disease can progress and destroy gum tissue very rapidly.  If left untreated, a large amount of gum tissue can be lost in a short period of time.  Gum grafting can help halt tissue and bone loss; preventing further problems and protecting exposed roots from further decay.
  • Improved appearance – Periodontal disease is characterized by gum recession and inflammation.  Gum recession and root exposure can make the teeth look longer than normal and the smile to appear “toothy.”  Gum grafting can make the teeth look shorter, more symmetrical and generally more pleasing to look at.  In addition, adjacent tissue can be enhanced and augmented during the procedure for aesthetic purposes.

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