Gum recession is mainly attributed to periodontal disease, gum disease, certain medications, poor oral health, or aggressive brushing. If left untreated, it affects your dental health and confidence when smiling or making conversation. The board-certified dental experts at Ueno Center Dental Specialists help you reclaim and maintain a trademark smile through gum grafting and the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).
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What is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting refers to surgical treatment for gingival recession. Recession invites bacteria into the spaces and crevices between your teeth, leaving your teeth vulnerable to damage, cavities, and tooth loss. Gum grafting protects the spaces between your teeth and roots from wearing down and decaying.
At Ueno Center Dental Specialists, your periodontist performs a gum grafting procedure using local anesthesia to numb the gums. You may qualify for grafting techniques like the free gingival graft, connective tissue graft, pedicle graft, or donor tissue graft.
Gum Grafting Procedures
- Connective tissue graft. Your periodontist slices a flap of tissue on your mouth’s roof to remove some tissue from under its surface. The tissue is stitched onto the gum line to cover the gum recession. The size of the required tissue depends on the size of the recession and the extent of the damage.
- Donor tissue graft. Your periodontist uses treated donor tissue in place of tissue from your mouth. Due to the unlimited supply of treated donor tissue, you can have all affected teeth grafted in a single visit.
- Free gingival graft. The free gingival graft uses tissues from your mouth’s roof to cover exposed roots. It is mostly recommended for implants and teeth covered with poor-quality gum tissue.
- Pedicle graft. Your periodontist may recommend the pedicle graft if you have extra gum tissue around the gum recession. He/she uses a flap of the gum tissue in its original place on one side and the other across exposed tooth roots.
Who Needs Gum Grafting?
You may be qualified for gum grafting in case of:
ü An unaesthetic appearance when smiling or speaking
ü Recession defects endangering the health of your teeth
ü Lack of healthy gum tissue around the teeth
ü Tooth sensitivity due to the exposed root surfaces
ü Thin gum tissue before an orthodontic treatment
Preparing for a Gum Graft
Gum grafting delivers highly effective results without calling for extensive preparation from the patient. During your initial appointment, the periodontist breaks down the procedure to shed light on what is expected of you. Unlike other dental surgeries, you can eat and continue your medication unless for the incident when you are to be twilight or IV sedated.
Your periodontist may recommend the Pinhole Surgical Technique.
About the Pinhole Surgical Technique
PST is a minimally invasive procedure by Dr. John Chao used to treat gum recession. The simple and scalpel-free procedure improves your oral health and aesthetic appearance. Periodontists at Ueno Center Dental Specialists specialize in PST.
PST involves adding a donor soft tissue to stabilize the affected area.
Other Services Offered at Ueno Center Dental Specialists
You may also visit the practice for a specialized approach to:
- Dental implants
- Gum treatments
- Sedation dentistry
- Immediate implant placement
- Laser therapy
- Platelet-rich fibrin
- Periodontal disease
- Gum disease
- Preventing gum disease
- Mouth-body connection
- Deep cleaning
- Periodontal maintenance
- Perio protect
- Oral DNA
- Tooth replacement
- Tooth extractions
- Sinus bone grafting
- Bone grafting
- Crown lengthening
- Gum surgery
- Oral hygiene
At Ueno Center Dental Specialists, your periodontist considers your oral health and dental goals to determine your eligibility for PST or gum grafting. Contact the practice to book an appointment for a gum graft or PST to achieve and maintain your dream smile.