Gum Grafting in San Jose, CA

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Also known as gingival grafts or periodontal plastic surgeries, gum grafting procedures refer to surgical periodontal procedures that are intended to cover an exposed tooth root surface with grafted oral tissue.

There are a few causes for gingival recession and exposed tooth roots. Often, periodontal disease is the culprit. There are other causes, though, like trauma, aggressive brushing, and more.

The reason for the gum grafting procedure and other considerations will factor into the type of gum grafting that will be recommended to address the issue.

Types of Gum Grafting

Some of the most common types of gum grafting include:

  • Free gingival graft – Gingival grafting is often used to help with thickening gum tissue. A layer of gum tissue is removed from the palate and is then relocated to the area where the gum recession is occurring. Both sites heal quickly and there is no permanent damage.
  • Acellular dermal matrix allograft – The acellular dermal matrix allograft procedure uses medically processed, donated tissue as a source for the graft. The advantage of this is that there is no need to use the patient’s palate as a donor site. This means less pain.
  • Subepithelial connective tissue graft – For covering exposed roots, this procedure is a common option. The tissue is removed in a relatively painless way from the outer layer of the palate and relocated to the gum recession site.
Types of Gum Grafting

The Reasons for Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is actually a pretty common procedure and is very safe. There are some great benefits associated with gum grafting. These include: 

  • Improved gum health – Periodontal disease can destroy gum tissue and progress rapidly. If it isn’t properly treated, a large amount of gum tissue can be lost in a quick period of time. Gum grafting is helpful with halting both tissue and bone loss. It prevents further problems and protects exposed gum roots from additional decay.
  • Reduced sensitivity –Having a tooth root exposed can lead to additional sensitivity when eating or drinking cold or hot food or drinks. Gum grafting surgery covers the exposed root, which reduces discomfort and restores the health of the gums.
  • Improved appearance – Gum recession can make the teeth look longer and more “toothy.” A gum graft helps to restore the appearance of the patient’s teeth by making them look more natural.


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What Does Gum Grafting Treatment Involve?

The first step to gum grafting is a visit to the dentist to determine if gum grafting surgery is the best option to resolve the issue the patient is suffering from. Before gum grafting, there are a few procedures the dentist will perform. It’s important for the teeth to be thoroughly cleaned supra and sub-gingivally to remove bacteria and tartar.

Before the gum grafting begins, the dentist will likely provide local anesthetic. The exact procedure will depend on whether the tissue is coming from a tissue bank or the palate of the patient.

Small incisions are made at the recipient site to create a small pocket that accommodates the graft. A split-thickness incision is then made, and the connective tissue graft is placed in the space between the two sections of tissue. The graft is generally slightly larger than the recession area. As this is the case, some excess will be apparent.

Sutures are often placed to help stabilize the graft and prevent shifting from the designated site. Surgical material is used to protect the surgical area during the initial week of healing. The full healing of the gums should occur within six weeks.

Reasons for Gum Recession

Gum recession may occur for a variety of different reasons. Some of the most common causes of gum recession include: 

  • Periodontal disease
  • Brushing too aggressively
  • Smoking
  • Tooth misalignment
  • Trauma to gum tissue
  • Plaque and tartar

While some causes of gum recession can’t be avoided (like trauma to the area), most can. By taking the right measures to ensure your gum health, you can avoid a gum grafting procedure entirely.

If you are a smoker, you should stop smoking. While gum recession can occur as a result of smoking, it isn’t the only way smoking can damage your oral health and general health. Quit smoking immediately.

If you are using hard bristles and/or brushing too hard, you’ll want to consider a softer-bristle brush and better brushing technique. Your dentist can show you how to safely brush your teeth, so you aren’t damaging your gums.

Preventing Gum Disease

One of the main reasons for receding gums is gum disease. Gum disease can range from mild to extremely problematic. Once gum disease progresses enough, it becomes periodontitis. This disease can only be treated and not cured.

To prevent gum disease, there are a few simple things you can do: 

Preventing Gum Disease
  • Brush and floss properly. Make sure you are brushing and flossing every day. Brush twice a day. Many people brush improperly without knowing it. Ask your hygienist about proper brushing and flossing techniques to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. You should be visiting your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. During your cleaning, your dentist will remove plaque and professionally clean your teeth in a way you can’t do at home. They will also examine your teeth and gums. If they find you have gum disease, they will recommend the best course of action. This may include a deep cleaning. By visiting your dentist regularly, you can prevent gum disease and avoid gum recession.

Contact Us

If you have noticed your gums are receding or your teeth seem longer than they used to be, reach out to the office of Dr. Rana Baroudi. She will take a look at your teeth and gums and determine the reason for the recession. If needed, Dr. Baroudi will perform gum grafting.

We look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your gum recession.