Periodontal disease and bruxism can both cause gum recession.  When this has occurred, Dr. Lynna Bui and Dr. The Phan can provide you with a gum grafting treatment to help restore a healthy amount of gum tissue to your mouth.  To learn more about gum grafting in San Jose, California, and make your appointment with our dentists, please call AZ Dental at 408-437-1111.

Gum grafting is a fairly common periodontal procedure, and usually produces excellent results.  Also known as gingival grafting or periodontal plastic surgery, this treatment helps you regain healthy gum tissue, improving the health of your teeth and gums and the appearance of your smile, and reducing the sensitivity caused by exposed tooth roots.

The most common types of gum grafting include:

  • Free gingival graft – free gingival grafts involve removing a from the palate and relocating it to the affected area. This treatment helps thicken gum tissue, and both the donor and receiver sites usually heal without permanent damage.
  • Subepithelial connective tissue graft – this grafting treatment covers the exposed tooth roots. Our dentists remove tissue from the outer layer of the palate and place it in the area where gum recession has occurred.
  • Acellular dermal matrix allograft – this grafting procedure relies on donated and medially processed human tissue, rather than on your own tissue, reducing the pain associated with grafting procedures.

When you receive a gum grafting treatment, our dentists will thorough clean above and below your gum line to remove bacteria, and provide you with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort.  A small incision will be made at the recipient site to accommodate the tissue graft.  The donor tissue is then inserted and sutured in place to prevent shifting during the healing process.  We may apply surgical material to protect the area for the first week following your procedure.  While there will be some excess tissue apparent (the graft is usually larger than the receded area) you can expect uniformity and healing after about 6 weeks.

Our oral surgeon and periodontist will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions and any prescriptions necessary.

For more information about gum grafting, please contact our office.