Periodontal disease can take its toll on the gum tissues, leaving gums unable to perform their expected functions. In many cases, gum recession is the result of gum disease, and this gum recession causes:
- Exposure of the tooth roots, leading to increased sensitivity
- Risk of decay at the base of the teeth where the gums have receded
- Potential for tooth loss
- Appearance related worries
One of the most common ways to treat receding gums is through gum recession surgery, such as a gum graft in Las Vegas as performed by Dr. David J. Trylovich, Dr. Ryan S. Gifford, Dr. Brian P. Mantor, and Dr. Gary D. Goaslind.
Three Types of Gum Grafts
Gum grafts fall into three different types: connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts, and pedicle grafts. The type recommended for you will depend on your dental history and current condition.
- Connective tissue grafts are regularly performed methods of gum recession surgery
- During this procedure, we will take a sample of tissue from under a flap created on the roof of your mouth and suture it to the affected gum area. Eventually, the graft will simply look like part of your natural gum line.
- Free gingival grafts
- Are a bit different from connective tissue grafts because they use the direct roof-of-mouth tissue and not a sample of tissue from under it. This seems to work best for patients whose gums are thin.
- Finally, pedicle grafts use gum tissue from the surrounding tooth
- A flap is created in the affected gum tissue, and that flap is pulled over the exposed areas. Patients with excess gum tissue nearby are good candidates for pedicle grafts.
To learn if you need a gum graft in Las Vegas, please contact Dr. Trylovich, Dr. Gifford, Dr. Mantor, and Dr. Goaslind. We can determine the best method of treatment to meet your dental needs during your visit.