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Connective Tissue Grafting

Do you have sensitivity to warm and cold when you drink or eat? You may be suffering from gum recession. In such situations Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants in Las Vegas and Henderson can assist you to regenerate that lost tissue, with the help of a process called Connective Tissue Grafting.

This Connective Tissue Graft Shows How Exposed The Tooth's Root Was Before and How Effective We Are At Covering That Exposure For Relief Of The Symptoms

This Connective Tissue Graft Shows How Exposed The Tooth’s Root Was Before and How Effective We Are At Covering That Exposure For Relief Of The Symptoms

 

Primary Indications For Connective Tissue Grafting

Just having gum recession does not mean that you have to undergo this cosmetic dentistry procedure. Primarily there are 5 main indications which are as follows:

Root decay:

If you have gingival recession then you are at a greater risk for root decay. Root surface tends to be yellow and made of dentin that is soft. If you do not care properly then it may lead to decay. In order to prevent this, the roots are covered up with the cosmetic periodontal procedure called connective tissue graft.

Tooth sensitivity:

If your roots get exposed then it is going to be sensitive to touch, cold and hot. So, even drinking a glass of water can be extremely uncomfortable for you. However, by just covering the roots you can reduce your teeth sensitivity to a great extent.

Esthetics:

Gum recession can lead to root exposure which will make your teeth appear abnormally long. However, with connective tissue grafting you will be able to cover up most of the recession. Your teeth will look normal again after the new tissue has healed completely.

Post-Orthodontic:

After orthodontic treatment you may have recession. If this is the case then we at our Las Vegas Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implant center can regenerate the tissue which has been lost.

Inadequate gingiva:

Gingiva is the rough pink tissue found around your teeth. If you do not have enough gingiva then you cannot form the tight seal around the teeth. This can lead to bacteria that will enter the pockets and cause further recession and infection. However, with a connective tissue graft Dr DeAndrade will be able to regenerate the required gingiva. Sometimes we may not be able to cover the exposed root surface due to extensive loss of bone but we may be able to still add the additional necessary gingiva that will form the required tight seal around the tooth.

How is connective tissue grafting done?

The first step is to make a pouch in the gums. Then one of our doctors will take some tissue from the roof of your mouth and  put it into the pouch, then close up pouch. The roof will be sutured and the tissue will regenerate and integrate with your gums. Generally, we can cover up almost all of the recession.

What Kind of Healing Can Be Expected?

In the days following your surgery your graft will change colors, it will be red, pink, white, purple. At this time the graft is acquiring blood supply. It will change shape and color over the next two weeks. It will take up to 6 weeks for it to look like normal pink tissue. Two weeks after your procedure any remaining sutures will be removed.  The graft may appear bumpy even after 6 months of healing. At this time Dr DeAndrade or Dr. Allen may reevaluate the area and smooth out any residual bumps. This process will only  cause minor discomfort.

How To Take Care Of Your Graft?

Dr DeAndrade or Dr. Allen will give you after-care instructions for your graft. You must not rinse or spit after the surgery. We recommend that limit your eating and drinking to cooler things for the first 24 hours. Hot food items can contribute to excessive bleeding which is not good for your gums. During your recovery period, please do not skip meals. Start your diet with cold liquids and soft food items.

Try to avoid contact with the portion that has been grafted, and take the prescribed medications on time. You should not brush the site of graft for at least a week. However, after 2 weeks you are fine to brush, just take care while brushing near the graft. You may expect slight blood oozing mixed with saliva following your surgery. Limit your physical activities to minimum for the first 48 hours to prevent bleeding. If there is bleeding from your graft site then don’t apply any pressure to the graft or it can fail. You may place gauze on either side of the graft but not on it.

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