When periodontal disease, a more severe form of gum disease, is left to progress, it can cause deep damage to our gums, which can lead to tooth loss. With periodontal grafting in Mission Valley, our dentists can help restore your receding gums, thereby significantly improving the health of your mouth.
What is periodontal grafting?
Periodontal grafting is a type of minor surgery in which healthy gum tissue from the top of the mouth is removed and then grafted onto your receding gumline to help build it back up to a healthy condition.
It’s a very simple surgery and is nothing to fear. We’ll walk you through the whole process to ensure you have no questions or concerns before we begin. If you think you need periodontal grafting in Mission Valley, contact our office to set up a consultation and find out if periodontal grafting is right for you.
A relatively fast procedure, we’ll begin by giving you a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain during the process.
In some cases, we may lift some of the existing gum in order to clean it and ensure it’s in the optimum state for the grafting. The next step is to take some of the tissue from the roof of your mouth. This will then be stitched to your gumline. Once complete, the roof of your mouth will also be stitched to ensure proper healing.
Depending on what medication was used during the procedure, we’ll give you specific instructions, which may include ensuring you have someone to drive you home.
Over-the-counter pain medication can be used to mitigate discomfort, or we’ll prescribe something stronger if needed. In some cases, we may prescribe an antibiotic. Our staff will ensure you have an exact plan for a speedy recovery, including recommendations as to what to eat, whether you should do physical activity, and an estimate of how long until you’re recovered.