Periodontics & Gum Therapy in Stony Brook, NY

Has your dentist told you that you might need to consider undergoing gum grafting to manage your severe gum recession? If so, you might feel hesitant. You may be wondering, “What is the procedure like?” or “Why exactly do my gums need grafts?” Our dentists here at Stony Brook Dental Group have years of experience helping their patients to achieve optimal oral health. We are here to answer your questions about gum grafting so you can make informed choices without fear of the unknown.

Why Might You Need a Gum Graft?

If your gums are receding, that could mean that the roots of your teeth are exposed and vulnerable to decay. You probably feel a lot more sensitivity to hot and cold foods, and your teeth are also more prone to damage from friction.

What Is Gum Grafting?

Gum grafting is a simple surgical procedure in which your dentist will remove a small piece of healthy gum tissue from your mouth and attach it to another spot where the gum has worn away. The procedure is relatively quick and you can go home afterward.

There are three main types of gum grafts:

  • Free Gingival Graft— The graft is harvested from the roof of the mouth and stitched over the exposed root.
  • Connective Tissue Graft— The most common type of graft, a flap is opened in the roof of the mouth. A piece of connective tissue is extracted and then grafted over the exposed tooth root.
  • Pedicle Graft— A flap of tissue right next to the affected area is cut and then flipped over on the exposed root and sewn in place. This is a highly successful form of graft, as the replacement tissue is never completely cut off from its original blood supply.

Your dentist will decide what type of gum graft is most appropriate for your needs. If you live near Stony Brook, NY and think you might be suffering from severe gum recession, don’t wait to get help. Call us at Stony Brook Dental Group today!

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