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3 Things You Need To Know About a Cosmetic Gum Graft

Everyone knows how important it is to have a healthy mouth, but have you ever thought about how the condition of your gums affects your overall health? 

Your gums are an important and essential part of your mouth and play a large role in both your oral and overall health. Brushing and flossing daily to maintain healthy gums won’t only protect your teeth, but has a number of other benefits, including:

  • No bad breath
  • Less risk of inflammation and infection in the body
  • No gingivitis
  • No periodontal disease

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What is a Gum Graft?

A gum graft is a surgical cosmetic dentistry procedure during which your periodontist takes synthetic tissue or tissue from your palate to replace gum tissue that is receding from your teeth. It is often used on patients with periodontal problems caused by:

  • Severe gum disease
  • Vigorous brushing
  • Injury
  • Smoking

Depending on the condition of your mouth and what your dental specialist feels is best for the look and feel of your gums, he/she may perform a gum graft on one or more teeth.

Benefits of a gum graft

This cosmetic dentistry procedure is not too major a dental procedure and can have some significant benefits including:

  • Prevents tooth and bone loss
  • Lowers your risk of tooth decay
  • Protects your oral health
  • Makes eating and chewing more comfortable
  • Takes care of any tooth sensitivity

How do I know if I need a gum graft?

You might notice some gum recession when you check you mouth in the mirror, but the only way to truly know if a gum graft is needed is to have your mouth examined by a dental professional.

At Marlborough Dental Centre, our dentists can perform a comprehensive oral check up to examine the health of your teeth and gums. In case of receding gums, we can refer you to a local periodontist to discuss whether or not a gum graft is the right option for you.

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Three Things You Should Know About a Gum Graft

A gum graft is a safe and effective procedure that can significantly improve your oral health.  However, before opting for this cosmetic dentistry treatment, it’s important to understand what to expect before deciding whether it is the right choice for your needs.

1. Expected Healing Time

You will be able to go home following your procedure. However, if you have been given a sedative, you will need to find a responsible family member or friend to drive you home.

Timeline: Generally, soft tissue healing will take 4-8 weeks

Pain: The amount of pain you have after surgery depends on the type of gum graft performed. If tissue is removed from your palate, you may be uncomfortable for a few days. However prescription pain medication can help keep you comfortable.

2. Post Surgery Diet

For a week or two following your gum graft, eat soft, cool foods such as eggs, pasta, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream and well-cooked vegetables.  Smoothies and soups are recommended for the first few days.

3. Complications You May Face After the Gum Graft

When performed by a skilled and knowledgeable periodontist, a gum graft is a safe and effective cosmetic dentistry procedure. However, it does carry a risk of several complications, including:

  • Infections
  • Severe swelling
  • Uneven healing
  • Loosening sutures


How to Take Good Care Of Your Gums

In order to avoid the costs and treatment time of a gum graft, here are some simple and easy tips to keep your gums healthy:

  • ALWAYS brush after meals
  • Floss daily to remove food particles between and around your teeth
  • Use antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to reduce bacteria that can cause gingivitis
  • Cut back on sugar
  • Drink plenty of water to reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities
  • Avoid tobacco and cigarettes
  • Eat spinach because it is a powerful antioxidant and immunity booster that is good for your gums.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and teeth cleanings, at least twice a year.

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To find out more about how our dentists can help keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact our Calgary dental centre today at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.

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