Surgical Gum Therapy

Expressions Dental Care in Richmond Hill provides surgical gum therapy gum for patients looking to restore the health and look of their gums.

What is gum grafting?

Gum grafting is necessary to rebuild lost gum tissue. It is a procedure that thickens gums by placing gum from one area of the mouth into another where gum tissue has receded.

This procedure may be necessary to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession. You may also decide to have gum graft for aesthetic purposes.

If you notice that some of your teeth have started to look longer or you frequently experience sensitivity to hot and cold, your gums could be receding, and a portion of your tooth's root is exposed.

Gum recession occurs gradually, and it may sneak up on you. Gum grafting treatment for receding gums can help prevent any further loss of gum tissue. 

Causes of Gum Recession

Gum recession can occur due to: 

  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene or improper/aggressive brushing technique
  • Genetic makeup
  • Hormone changes
  • Grinding or clenching teeth
  • Diabetes and other illnesses can all increase your risk of initial infection 

FAQs

How long is the gum graft procedure?

A gum graft procedure can last anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending on your level of gum recession.

How long is the healing process for gum grafts?

It may take a few weeks for your mouth to fully heal. You should be able to return to normal activities the day after your procedure. The dentist will give you specific instructions regarding after care. It is imperative that you follow the outlined instructions.

Are there any complications I should watch for after surgery?

Like every dental treatment, there are always risks involved and success depends on a number of factors, including proper follow-up care. Let your dentist know if you experience any unusual symptoms following the procedure.

What is gum contouring?

Gum contouring is a surgical procedure designed to improve the health of your teeth and gums, and the appearance of your smile.

Why do I need gum contouring?

If your gums rest too low or too high on your teeth and you are unhappy with your smile, gum contouring can even out the gum line and give you an aesthetically pleasing smile.

What is the gum contouring procedure?

Dr. Bengall will use local anesthetic and a laser or scalpel to shape a new, more uniform gumline. Reshaped gums are also often healthier, since the pocket depths of spaces between the gums and teeth are made shallower and easier to brush clean.

What is a frenectomy?

A frenectomy is simply the surgical removal of a frenulum or a small fold of tissue that prevents a given organ in your body from moving too much or too far. In dentistry, we’re mainly concerned with three types of frenula:

  • Labial: connects your upper lip to the gum tissue of your upper teeth
  • Lingual: connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth</p.
  • Gingival: attaches to the gum tissue between two teeth

What is the frenectomy procedure?

Dr. Bengall will reduce the size of the frenum with a scalpel (blade) or a laser made specifically to cut soft tissue.

What happens after a frenectomy?

Generally, there is very little post-operative pain and swelling, and the patient can have normal function of the lips and tongue. Many patients hardly notice the effects of the surgery.

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