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Gum Grafting in Tupelo, MS

Gum Grafting in Tupelo, MS
Gum recession is a common concern for many patients, and there is a solution. Gum recession happens when the gum line gets too close to the tooth roots, and it can happen for a variety of reasons – genetics, gum disease, illness or injury. Symptoms of gum recession may also include sensitive teeth, swollen gums that bleed, teeth that look uneven or very big, and tooth decay.

Dr. Michael Robertson can fix gum recession and restore your smile with a gum graft procedure. A gum graft reverses gum recession by taking good tissue from places in your mouth, or from a tissue bank, and attaching it to the areas where you have gum recession. This lengthens the gum line and gives cover to the exposed tooth roots.

Four Gum Grafts for Gum Recession

1. Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST): If you have been diagnosed with receding gums or are showing signs of gum recession, your doctor may recommend the Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™ to restore your beautiful smile. This is an incision-free procedure that involves making a very small hole and special instruments to loosen the gum tissue and move it over the areas with gum recession.

2. Free gingival gum graft: This gum graft is often used for patients with gum recession who have very thin gums. Instead of making a flap, Dr. Robertson takes the tissue he needs directly from the roof of the mouth and sews it to the receding gums to create a longer gum line.

3. Pedicle gum graft: This gum graft is best for patients who have some healthy gum tissue left by the gum recession area. Dr. Robertson makes a flap (pedicle) right on the gum line and then pulls the tissue over the roots and sews it down.

4. Connective-tissue gum graft: This gum graft is one most often used to lengthen gum recession to cover exposed root surface. Dr. Robertson uses alloderm to eliminate the need for removal of tissue from another areas in the mouth. Although it is not always possible, Dr. Robertson makes every effort to cover the exposed root area to reduce tooth sensitivity and improve cosmetic appearance to the area.

Gum Graft Recovery

Gum graft recovery varies among patients. Some gum tenderness is normal during a gum graft recovery. Dr. Robertson will suggest a pain reliever that will help. Over-the-counter medications usually do the trick, but a stronger medication is available if necessary. Do not brush or floss teeth during your gum graft recovery until the gums are healed. Use the prescribed mouthwash to control plaque and stick to soft foods for about a week. (shakes, eggs, yogurt, gelatin, pasta, etc.).

If you have gum recession, make an appointment with Dr. Robertson today to see if a gum graft is the right treatment for you.

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North Mississippi Periodontics and Dental Implants
Dr. J. Michael Robertson
103 Parkgate Ext.
Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: (662) 732-3112
Fax: (662) 842-8374