Gum Grafting – Cranford, NJ

An Effective Way for Treating Gum Recession

Did you know that receding gum lines are one of the main indications that someone has periodontal disease? Other than changing the way your smile looks, gum recession can end up leaving your tooth roots more exposed and vulnerable to sensitivity and bacteria. Without treatment, this condition can raise the risk of oral health complications like dental decay, cavities, infection, and tooth loss. The good news is that our team offers gum grafting to effectively address the issue, improving your periodontal and oral health in the long run. Keep reading to learn more about this procedure or give us a call to schedule your initial consultation.

Why Choose Cranford Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants for Gum Grafting?

  • Sedation Dentistry Offered for Patient Comfort
  • Team Led by Board-Certified Periodontists
  • Insurance & Flexible Financing Accepted

What is Gum Grafting?

a 3D depiction of gum grafting for an exposed tooth

A gum graft is a minor surgical periodontal procedure that is meant to cover up the exposed tooth roots as a result of gum recession. The tissue can typically begin to recede due to periodontal disease as well as some form of physical trauma or even aggressive brushing. In the majority of cases, the new gum tissue for the graft will either be removed from the patient’s palate (upper part of their mouth) or we’ll use donated tissue depending on your unique situation.

Gum grafting can often be performed in a single visit. To begin, our team will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable and pain-free throughout the surgery. We’ll then thoroughly clear away any bacteria, plaque, and tartar around your teeth and gums before making small incisions in the surgical site to create the tiny pocket where we’ll embed new gum tissue material. Afterward, we’ll suture the tissue closed to help your gums heal.

Benefits of Gum Grafting

a man smiling with healthy teeth and gums

Some of the major advantages of undergoing a gum graft include:

  • Reduced risk of dental decay
  • Protects against the possibility of future tooth loss
  • Improves the shape and appearance of your gum line/smile
  • Prevents tooth sensitivity due to hot/cold temperatures

Recovering After Gum Grafting Surgery

a patient smiling after receiving dental treatment

Generally speaking, the length of your healing period after your gum grafting procedure will usually depend on the amount of pressure that’s applied after completing your surgery. The surgical site will be quite sensitive following the treatment and you’ll need to be very careful when eating or drinking anything. In some instances, you might expect your periodontal tissue to completely heal after 4 to 8 weeks—which can vary due to the amount of gum material used for grafting. Our team will be sure to walk you through the entire process during your initial consultation, that way you’re well-informed and know what to expect during and after your procedure.