Gum Grafts

Gum grafts are essential in treating a patient’s receding gum lines. This condition often follows advanced cases of gingivitis and may ultimately lead to exposed roots and the deterioration of the bone surrounding the teeth. When left untreated gingivitis can cause the gums to recede deeply allowing bacteria to enter beneath the gum line. This can lead to a more serious form of periodontal disease called periodontitis. In many cases, receding gums calls for surgical gum grafting as the most appropriate solution.

In many gum grafting procedures the patient’s own tissue would be used for the graft. This tissue is usually taken from the roof of the mouth. A very thin piece is removed and carefully placed onto the area where the gums have receded. It is then carefully attached there with fine sutures. The following are before and after images of connective tissue surgeries.

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What is a Comprehensive Oral Exam?

A COE is like a physical for your head and neck. It is a thorough evaluation and documentation of your teeth, gums, jaw bones, lymph nodes, and jaw joints. It is the foundation of the routine check-up. Your course of treatment is determined as a result of this exam.

What is a Recare Exam?

A recare is exam is the check-up which determines any changes since the previous COE.

Why do I need to have x-rays?

Digital x-rays show areas not visible to the eye.

How often do I need to have a COE?

A COE is recommended every 3-5 years depending on your history. Your dentist will determine what is right for you.

Can I just have a cleaning without a exam?

Yes, it is possible to have your teeth cleaned without having a check-up, but it is recommended that you see the dentist for a check-up every 6-9 months to catch problems early.