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Gum Grafting: What Is It?

Published on June 29th, 2018

Our mouths are constantly changing, and with this territory comes the movement of our gums as well. Over time, you may notice that your gums have started to recede, or that you have become more sensitive to both hot and cold foods and drinks. If this is the case, you may be a good candidate for gum grafting. Here’s what our periodontists in Chicago wants you to know about the procedure.

Why Do Gums Recede?

Unfortunately, periodontal disease is a common trigger that makes gums recede. There are other risk factors involved, including inadequate oral hygiene, changes in hormones, genetics, diabetes and other illnesses. If you find that more of your teeth are showing and your gums are beginning to show less, make an appointment with our periodontist in Chicago.

Types of Gum Grafts

The good news? We can help restore your smile! There are three different types of gum grafts that serve different purposes. Connective tissue grafting is the most common type of gum graft, and it can be used to treat multiple recession areas. A small tissue flap is taken from the roof of the mouth and stitched over the receding area. Free gingival grafts are similar, except the tissue is taken from the palate. Finally, pedicle grafts use tissue adjacent to the tooth that needs repair.

Our periodontists in Chicago will give you a complete evaluation to see whether you are a good candidate for gum grafting. Contact us today to get started!

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