When you have experienced gum recession due to periodontal disease or bruxism, Dr. Lynna Bui can perform a gum grafting procedure to help you regain healthy gum tissue. We welcome you to contact AZ Dental at 408-227-6000 to learn more about gum grafting in San Jose, California, and schedule your consultation with our dentists.
Gum grafting, also known as a gingival graft or periodontal plastic surgery, is a common periodontal procedure, and is generally performed with excellent results. Gum grafting reduces the sensitivity caused by expose tooth roots, improves the appearance of your teeth and smile, and improves the health of your gums.
Common types of gum grafting include:
- Free gingival graft – a layer of tissue is removed from the palate and relocated to the affected area. This procedure is used to thicken gum tissue, and both the donor and receiver sites heal without permanent damage.
- Subepithelial connective tissue graft – this procedure is used to cover exposed tooth roots. Tissue is removed from the outer layer of the palate and relocated to the area where recession has occurred.
- Acellular dermal matrix allograft – donated and medically processed human tissue is used for the graft. There is no need for a donor site from your own palate, which reduces the pain of this procedure.
When our oral surgeon performs your gum grafting treatment, we will begin by thoroughly cleaning the area above and below the gum line to remove bacteria. We will provide a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Small incisions will be made at the recipient site to accommodate the graft. The donor tissue is then inserted into the space. Some excess tissue will be apparent, as the graft is usually slightly larger than the recession area. The graft will be sutured in place to stabilize it and prevent shifting, and surgical material will be applied to protect the area during the first week of healing. You can expect uniformity and healing of the gums in approximately 6 weeks.
We will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions, and prescribe any medications that may be necessary.
Please contact our office for more information about gum grafting.