A Gum Graft Can Improve Health and Aesthetics

Untreated periodontal disease can cause the gum line to recede, leading to changes in the appearance of your smile. Patients may also experience increased sensitivity. A gum graft at our Nashville, TNpractice can be performed to halt gum recession, restore your oral heath, and improve the aesthetics of your gum line. Dr. Jerry Hancock can provide different types of soft tissue grafting to meet your unique needs.

Soft tissue grafting can help you achieve a healthier smile, reverse the effects of periodontal disease, and improve your overall appearance.

Why Soft Tissue Grafting is Important

An illustration of how the gum line can recede.

Dr. Hancock frequently recommends soft tissue grafting when the gums have pulled away from a tooth or several teeth, receding so far that the roots are exposed. This recession can cause severe dental sensitivity and lead to other serious oral health conditions, such as tooth loss, bone degeneration, and jawbone deterioration.

Gum recession is typically caused by oral health concerns and other factors such as:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Aggressive over-brushing
  • Naturally thin gum tissue
  • Genetic predisposition
  • The natural aging process

The Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure

Dr. Hancock offers a variety of gum grafting techniques to ensure your oral health needs and goals are met. Patients will be typically be provided with sedation to ensure they are relaxed during treatment. The most common procedure methods will remove a donor piece of tissue from another area of your mouth, such as the soft palate. The gum graft will be placed over the area of recession, and in most cases, sutured in place.

Illustration showing before and after gum grafting

Gum grafting conceals exposed dental roots, improving patients' oral health. 

After the surgery, you will be able to return home the same day. Dr. Hancock will give you detailed postoperative instructions to ensure you experience a smooth and speedy recovery. For the first two weeks after surgery, you will want to eat a soft diet and avoid foods that are overly hot or spicy. It may take up to several weeks or more to experience full feeling in the grafting area.

Soft Tissue Grafting Benefits

Once you have fully healed from your gum graft procedure, you can expect to enjoy:

  • Healthier gums
  • Straighter gum line
  • Enhanced aesthetics
  • Improved comfort
  • Increased self-confidence

As a highly skilled professional, Dr. Hancock can use the latest techniques and technology to ensure that you receive the best care available. 

Preserving Your Gum Health

To maintain your healthy results, we recommend brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day. Avoid using overly abrasive toothpastes and be sure to brush using the correct techniques. Most notably, you should gently brush in a circular motion rather than aggressively brushing side to side and up and down. Some patients may also benefit from the use of an electric toothbrush. Our team can answer any specific questions you may have regarding oral hygiene techniques and how to best maintain your oral health.

Restore Your Oral Health

Soft tissue grafting can help you achieve a healthier smile, reverse the effects of periodontal disease, and improve your overall appearance. Contact us online or by phone at (615) 383-1032 to schedule your appointment today. 

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