Soft Tissue Grafting
Treating Your Gum RecessionThere are several ways that your gum recession can be treated. First, a professional cleaning can be used to stop the recession. This procedure is known as scaling and root planing, and it can help the gums to heal so that they don't recede further.
If you need more extensive treatment, a gum graft is often recommended. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, this option can repair the wounded areas where recession has occurred, and it can also help to prevent future infections.
What Happens During the Procedure?During your grafting procedure, you'll be given a local anesthetic to help with your discomfort. Then, a tiny incision will be made at the site of the graft, creating a small tunnel to accommodate the new gum tissue. The gum tissue will be sutured into place so that it won't shift, and the healing process will take about six weeks to complete.
Types of GraftsThere are several different types of gum grafts available if this is the treatment option that you need to pursue, and your periodontist will help you to choose the right option:
Benefits of Gum GraftingThere are a few great benefits associated with gum grafting:
This procedure is quite common, and while the name might sound scary, it is performed routinely and provides for excellent results. If you have any questions about the procedure and whether you might be a candidate, please contact our office at (509) 452-7115.
||Yakima Valley Periodontics
John M. Iasella, D.D.S.
410 S. 12th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902