Gum Tissue Surgery

Gum Grafting Helps Thinning and Receding Gums

The oral surgeons at Dental Specialists KC in Kansas City, MO perform gum tissue surgery to repair gums damaged from periodontal disease, genetic conditions, and poor oral hygiene. Maintaining strong support for your teeth is essential, and as gums fade, the exposed roots become more susceptible to problems. Our procedures protect against that.
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Why Is Gum Tissue Surgery Important?

When gums begin to pull away from the teeth, the roots underneath become exposed and are at risk of developing tooth decay, and patients may experience bone loss. Gum tissue surgery replaces the lost tissue to bring gums to the appropriate level. It helps protect the roots and contributes to better overall oral health.

Gums Won’t Grow Back on Their Own

One of the critical reasons to undergo gum grafting is because damaged gums can’t rebound after something like periodontitis. Once they recede, surgical methods are the only way to bring them back and keep them from worsening. If you have gum disease or thinning gums caused by genetics, our periodontists can help.

What to Expect in Gum Tissue Surgery

Grafting is completed using palate tissue from the patient or a suitable substitute from a grafting bank. Using local anesthesia to numb the area, patients should remain comfortable during the process. Through a small incision, our periodontist will place the gum graft over the exposed teeth roots and use sutures to stitch it into place for healing.
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Healing Time Post Surgery

A singular gum graft takes about an hour to complete. Multiple grafts will take longer. Once completed, patients will recover in one to two weeks with follow-up appointments to check on progress. Your periodontist will provide specific guidelines to properly care for the wound and how to reintroduce foods and beverages into your diet.

Trusted Gum Tissue Specialists

The periodontists at Dental Specialists KC have years of experience performing successful gum tissue surgery for Kansas City, MO patients. It might sound intimidating at first, but this surgery is quite common and the most popular option to repair damaged gums. If you’re worried about receding or thinning gums, contact us for a consultation.

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