Mississippi Periodontics and Implants
Curtis Caskey, DMD
Periodontist located in Ridgeland, MS
Gum grafting is one of the leading treatments to address the devastating side effects of gum recession. At Mississippi Periodontics and Implants, Curtis Caskey, DMD, offers treatments for men, women, and children living in Ridgeland, Mississippi, with mild to severe gum recession. Find out if gum grafting is the right treatment for you. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Gum Grafting Q & A
What is gum grafting?
Gum grafting is a restorative surgical procedure that specifically targets gum recession. Gum grafting involves taking healthy gum tissue from another area of your mouth and grafting it to the affected treatment area.
What should I expect during a gum grafting procedure?
Dr. Caskey can recommend different types of gum grafting procedures depending on your unique needs:
Connective tissue grafting/Soft tissue grafting
Connective tissue grafting refers to the treatment of root exposure. This is the most common type of gum grafting procedure. During the procedure, Dr. Caskey cuts a piece of skin from the palate and removes a piece of tissue underneath it.
He then takes this extracted tissue and stitches it to the gum surrounding the exposed root. Once that's done, he stitches the initial cut.
Free gingival grafting
Free gingival grafting refers to the grafting of tissue from the roof of the mouth as well. The difference is that during this procedure, Dr. Caskey takes a piece of tissue directly from the roof, not from below a flap. Free gingival grafting is recommended if you need a thicker kind of graft.
Pedicle grafting uses tissue from around the affected tooth. Dr. Caskey makes an incision and pulls the gum over the exposed root. He then sews it in place.
What should I do after a gum graft?
After a gum grafting procedure, it’s important that you follow Dr. Caskey’s recovery instructions. These include:
- No flossing or brushing the treatment site
- No strenuous exercise
- No hard foods
- No smoking
Dr. Caskey can recommend a sanitizing mouthwash that fights plaque buildup. He might also recommend antibiotics to protect you from infection and give you a list of recommended foods that help with the swelling and tenderness in the grafting area.
You might feel some discomfort immediately after the procedure, but this should go away within a few days. To ensure the utmost comfort, Dr. Caskey uses dissolvable stitches so that you don’t have to come in for a follow-up visit to have your stitches removed.
Win the battle against gum recession with the help of Dr. Caskey’s cutting-edge gum grafting expertise. Call or go online today to book an appointment.