Gum Grafting For Advanced Gum Recession
Everyone wants to feel confident in there smile, and yet so many of us walk around feeling embarrassed of our smile due to some imperfection. Having a smile that makes you feel self-conscious can have several negative consequences, such as:
- Diminished self-confidence
- Impeded ability to positively present yourself in social and professional situations
- Limited sense of openness and joy
If you feel self-conscious about your smile because your gums are recessed, you may be a good candidate for gum grafting. Because gums do not naturally regenerate, a gum graft is an effective method to restore your natural gum line and reduce your risk of developing gum disease or other oral health issues. Grafting material may be from a donor, synthetic, or taken from the roof of your mouth.
As a native of Greenville and fourth generation dentist, Dr. Preston Hamrick is proud to serve his community by developing personal relationships with all his patients and working hard to understand their needs and goals. Read on to learn more about gum grafting, or to schedule a consultation or learn more about our services, call us today at 864.292.5125.
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Treating Gum Disease
Although no one wants to be told that they have gum disease, identifying this issue is a good thing, because it means you can take steps to correct it and avoid experiencing the negative effects of advanced gum disease, which can include the loss of teeth and deterioration of the jawbone. Although there is no cure for gum disease, there are several treatment options that can halt and reverse its effects in addition to gum grafting, which include:
- Medications: Bacterial infections are sometimes treated with antibiotics.
- Prescription Rinses: Antiseptic rinses can be a helpful addition to your daily oral health routine to reduce your risk of gum disease.
- Scale and Root Planing: Gum disease in its earlier stages can often be halted with a scale and root planing procedure. Similar to a standard dental cleaning, though slightly more invasive, the scale and root planing procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic to reduce your sensitivity. Next, the bacteria, tartar and plaque are removed from the periodontal pockets and the roots of the teeth are smoothed to inhibit further growth and give your gums an opportunity to heal.
- Flap Surgery: If the scale and root planing procedure does not remove enough of the bacteria, tartar and plaque, flap surgery may be necessary. To access the tooth roots and remove the bacteria, tartar, and plaque, the gums are surgically pulled back, and once the area is cleaned, sutured shut.
Gum Grafting Procedure
The gum grafting process begins with an initial consultation with Dr. Hamrick, who will conduct a thorough oral examination to determine whether gum grafting is an appropriate treatment option for you and the underlying cause of your gum recession. If gum grafting is the optimal treatment option, your next appointment will begin with Dr. Hamrick numbing the area to reduce or eliminate discomfort. Dental sedation will also be available to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, Dr. Hamrick will place the graft over the area of recession and suture it in place, after which the procedure will be complete.
Healing Process and Maintenance
It is common to experience some discomfort following your gum graft procedure, especially if the grafting material is taken from the roof of your mouth, but this can typically be managed with OTC pain relieving medication, ice packs, and rest. Eating soft foods, avoiding strenuous exercise, and avoiding the treatment site following the procedure are recommended to speed up the healing process and avoid complications.
Following a gum graft, it is also important to follow good oral hygiene habits to avoid needing similar treatments in the future. Be sure to continue brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily, eat a healthy and balanced diet, and avoid use of tobacco. We also encourage our clients to schedule regular dental cleanings at least every six months to ensure the health and sustained brightness of your smile. In addition to giving your teeth a professional cleaning, these visits are also an opportunity for Dr. Preston Hamrick to evaluate your overall oral health, as he looks for any indications of gum disease or any other underlying issue that may require treatment. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy a bright, white, healthy smile for many years to come.
Cost of Gum Grafting
The total cost of gum grafting will depend in part on the number of appointments necessary, whether additional treatment is needed, and the type of graft used. For patients with dental insurance, the total cost of gum grafting will depend on whether the procedure is covered under your plan, and if so, how much is covered. Our staff are happy to review your coverage to determine whether your plan does cover gum grafting and ensure you maximize your benefits and have minimal out of pocket expenses.
If you are a patient at our practice and do not have dental insurance, consider joining our membership club. Because we value your loyalty, we have launched this club to help save you money on treatment and simplify payments for preventative care. We offer three levels of membership: child, adult, and perio membership. Professional dental cleanings, doctor exams, necessary X-rays, and a 5% discount on all other treatment (some exclusions apply) are included in all membership packages.
You can sign up today and start saving money on treatment online or call us at (864) 292-5125.
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Fall in Love with Your Smile Again
At Heritage Dentistry in Greenville, South Carolina, we are committed to providing 5-star customer service that is relationship based, along with a comprehensive range of treatment options that will ensure your sustained oral health and make you fall in love with your smile again. To schedule your appointment for gum grafting or learn more about our services, contact our Greenville dental team today at (684) 292-5125.