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What does gum grafting involve?

Gum grafting refers to a procedure used to treat gum recession. Gum recession occurs when your gums pull away from your teeth, exposing their roots and increasing the risk of decay and tooth loss. Gum recession can stem from gum disease, trauma, or brushing the teeth too hard.

The type of gum grafting you require will depend on the overall condition of your gums and how many of your teeth require a graft. This will all be determined by your highly qualified dentist at your Studio Smiles appointment. You are our number one priority so we take everything about you into consideration when tailoring your treatment. Gum grafting is a highly effective treatment to reverse receding gums, with a quick recovery time of 1-2 weeks.

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What is gum grafting?
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Gum grafting is a procedure often used to treat gum recession. Gum recession exposes the roots of your teeth, making them more prone to decay, sensitivity and/or pain. A gum graft is performed by a dental surgeon who uses the connective tissue, either from the roof of your mouth or surrounding gums, and stitches it to the exposed root. This is a necessary treatment to reverse receding gums and avoid further health problems down the line. By protecting the gums with a soft tissue graft we are able to restore the tooth’s natural protective barrier. Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.

What are the benefits of gum grafting?
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Gum recession causes the surrounding bone and tissue around your tooth to pull away. This leads to an increased risk of bacteria that could damage the teeth, bones and gums. With gum grafting treatment, you’ll prevent further bone loss, tooth damage and tooth sensitivity. By booking an appointment, you’ll be preventing any future risks to your oral health and achieving the smile of your dreams. Transform your smile. Book an appointment today.

Why do gums recede?
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Receding gums are so common that many years ago we thought the condition was unavoidable. In fact, this is where the old saying about going ‘long in the tooth’ comes from. Before we understood gum disease and gum recession, we used to think it was an inevitable part of aging no different to how grey hairs grow. However, nowadays we know that gum recession is an entirely preventable and treatable condition, and more importantly we understand the huge benefits to having receding gums treated

But why do gums recede in the first place? Many people don’t realise their gums are receding and that’s because gum recession is a chronic condition that progresses gradually over time. The most common initial cause is either physical trauma from over-brushing (brushing too often and with too much force), or ironically the opposite – poor oral hygiene causing gum inflammation (gingivitis) and leading to inflammatory gum recession. Some other common contributing factors to gum recession include teeth grinding, misaligned bite, genetics, and hormonal changes such as pregnancy.

If you think your gums may be receding, it’s important that you make the time to book an appointment and get them checked out. This is the best way you can avoid any further health problems down the track. Book your appointment today, and smile with confidence.

How long does gum grafting last?
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Gum grafting is a permanent and effective treatment to restore your gum health. After treatment, you’ll want to follow all aftercare instructions and practice good oral hygiene to see the best possible results. Typically, once a gum graft has matured and integrated, the result is permanent restoration of the lost gum tissue. As long as the original causative factors (overbrushing or gum disease) are controlled, then the graft will hold.

What are my treatment options?
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There are different types of gum (gingival) grafting treatments. The one best suited to you will be determined at your appointment and will depend on the overall condition of your gums and the size of the graft needed.

Connective Tissue Graft
The most common type of gum graft is a connective tissue graft. During this treatment, connective tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth and attached to the exposed root. The donor site then heals naturally after 1-2 weeks. Healing after connective tissue grafts is generally uneventful, with only some mild discomfort similar to having a ‘hot pizza burn’.

Free Gingival Graft
For people with thinner gums, a free gingival graft may be necessary. This is very similar to the above connective tissue graft, with the main difference being the type of donor tissue. Instead of a thin connective tissue layer, a full thickness of donor gum tissue is used to protect the receded gum. The donor site (generally the palate or roof of the mouth) heals similarly in 1-2 weeks.

Pedicle Graft
This is where we borrow an area of gum tissue right next to the affected site and stretch this tissue to cover the area of gum recession. Generally, a pedicle graft is only indicated where there is plenty of gum tissue in the adjacent area. However, the benefit of a pedicle graft is quicker healing as there is no donor site and hence only one area to heal instead of two. As to which graft is best, your dentist will be able to determine the optimum solution for your individual situation.

Will my treatment hurt?
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Here at Studio Smiles, we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry. We understand that going to the dentist can be daunting and that there are certain procedures you may find uncomfortable, so we use the latest techniques and technology to make you feel as comfortable as we possibly can. We also offer oral and IV sedation to take the edge off where needed, which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without remembering a thing! Book an appointment today.

How much will this cost me?
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Costs will vary depending on the individual and the treatment necessary. We believe in a transparent approach, so we make it a rule to provide all relevant treatment options and costs, including the advantages and disadvantages where relevant. This is an important part of our informed consent process. Patients may choose to opt for one of our interest-free payment plans to have their smile transformed now, while having the flexibility to pay later on their own terms. Payment plans can help alleviate the financial barriers to a healthy mouth. We want to make sure you feel completely comfortable with the next steps throughout your entire journey. Book an appointment today. Book an appointment today.

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