Your general dentist may have told you that you have gum recession, or you you may have noticed you are having hot/cold sensitivity when you eat and drink. When patients come in with gum recession, we can help regenerate the lost tissue with a procedure called Connective Tissue Grafting.
Gallery of connective tissue grafting in our office
What are the indications for connective tissue grafting?Simply having gum recession does not mean you have to have a connective tissue graft. There are 5 MAIN INDICATIONS for connective tissue grafting:
How are connective tissue grafts done?First, we make a pouch in your gums, similar to a pita pocket. Then we borrow some tissue from the roof of your mouth, place the tissue into the pouch and close the flap back up. In essence, we are using you as your own Band-Aid. The roof of your mouth will also be sutured and the tissue will regenerate. This tissue will integrate with your gums. Usually we can cover up most and sometimes all of the recession that has taken place.
What type of healing can I expect?In the early days you can expect your graft to look worse before it looks better. There will be a whitish/yellowish appearance on the surface. This is simply the surface cells of the graft dying off. A few days later you will see a raw, reddish appearance. This is a good sign that the graft is receiving an adequate blood supply. When you return for your post-op 10 days later we will remove the sutures for you. The graft may appear to be lumpy and bumpy. If there is excess tissue regenerated, then this is a wonderful problem to have. Your body will remodel and reshape the graft with time and as it matures, it will blend in beautifully. If, after 3-4 months, there are still some residual lumps and bumps we can usually reshape the tissue in just a few minutes. There is no additional charge for any reshaping. Will it hurt? The site where the graft goes usually does not cause any significant discomfort. The site where the tissue came from (the palate) can be uncomfortable for a few days or even a week.How should I care for my graft?
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