What is Gum Graft Surgery?
Periodontal (gum disease) has many adverse effects on the gums and teeth, including gum recession. When this happens, the gumline drops and the tooth roots are more exposed and less protected, which means they are at higher risk for tooth decay. Gingival (gum) recession also changes the overall shape of the gumline, which then alters the appearance of your smile. Made Ya Smile offers gum grafting as a treatment in our Cypress, TX clinic. This procedure allows us to restore the lost tissue and enhance your smile. Our experienced practitioners have advanced training in a number of techniques to help determine if this treatment is right for you. Call our full-service office today to learn more about gum grafting or to schedule a consultation.
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Do I Need Gum Graft Surgery?
While gum disease is one of the leading causes of a receding gumline, there may be other factors that come into play, including teeth grinding or clenching, a misaligned bite, or oral piercings in the tongue or lips. Aggressive brushing may also cause the gums to pull back from the teeth. Candidates for gum grafting at Made Ya Smile may notice tooth sensitivity with cold or hot foods and beverages. At our Cypress, TX practice, we understand that a receding or uneven gumline can ultimately change the look of your smile. If you have noticed any of these symptoms at home, a gum grafting procedure may be able to help.
How is Gum Graft Surgery Performed?
During a gum grafting procedure, our experienced team adds new gum tissue to cover the tooth roots that have become more exposed. Before the treatment begins, a practitioner will either number the area or provide a sedation option if you have anxiety about your dental visit. A connective tissue graft is common for using the gum tissue from a layer of skin on your hard palate. A pedicle graft uses the extra tissue from a nearby tooth and stretches it to cover the root. A free gingival graft takes tissue from a layer of skin on the roof of the mouth. Sometimes gum tissue can be taken from a tissue bank or other biocompatible material. Whatever the method, Made Ya Smile will make sure to place the gumline to the proper level. Depending on your unique needs, we can complete this procedure in just one or more visits. Our staff will then give you instructions about how to take care of your teeth and gums at home in Cypress, TX.
How Long is the Recovery After Gum Surgery?
Following a gum grafting procedure, Made Ya Smile recommends you rest and take it easy for several days. While your gums take the time to heal, it's best to enjoy a soft food diet since you may experience some discomfort. Our practitioners can suggest cold compresses and over-the-counter medication in order to relieve any pain. To protect the gum tissue, patients must follow the instructions for aftercare, including brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis. A medicated mouth wash can help keep bacteria and plaque from accumulating on your teeth and gums at this time. Remember to schedule your follow-up appointments in Cypress, TX so we can examine your grafts and monitor your progress.
Does Insurance Cover Gum Surgery?
Depending on your dental insurance provider and plan, gum grafting may cover part or all of your gum grafting procedures. Made Ya Smile accepts most PPO insurance plans and we're happy to file the claims for your convenience. We want you to get the dental care that you need, which is why we also accept many forms of payment to fit your budget. At our Cypress, TX practice, we offer to finance through CareCredit® as a third-party option.
Treatment for Gum Recession
Gum grafting is a procedure that ultimately repairs a receded or uneven gumline. This treatment allows the experts at Made Ya Smile to protect your teeth from tooth decay and sensitivity as well as build a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Our practiced dentists have years of experience helping patients achieve their dental goals and overcome the effects of gum disease. For more information about gum grafting, contact our office in Cypress, TX so we can address your questions and concerns.