Overland Park Gum Grafting

Soft Tissue Grafting (Gum grafting, Connective Tissue Grafting)

Gum recession is a very common periodontal concern, and can be caused by aggressive tooth brushing/flossing, tooth position, periodontal disease and/or “thin” gums. When recession is noted, it is critical to realize that not only has the thick/protective gum been lost, but so has the underlying bone. If recession continues, then additional supporting bone will be lost, which can result in sensitivity, mobility, or even tooth loss.

Soft tissue grafting uses tissue to cover an exposed root surface and/or increases the amount of thick gum that you have. A pouch is made at the site of recession, while under local anesthesia, and either donor tissue or your own tissue is transferred to the pouch. This “new” gum tissue is then sutured in place.

There are generally options for using your own tissue or donor tissue. You may also be a candidate for the minimally-invasive Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation procedure. Dr. Ward can discuss which option is best suited for your situation.

How Long Will It Take & What is Involved?

The surgical process takes about 20 minutes per tooth. If consecutive, two or three teeth can be treated in about the same amount of time. Typical follow-up occurs at one week, one month, and two months after treatment. Dr. Ward may recommend yearly recession checks if you have generally “thin” tissues, have many recessions, or are diagnosed with recession at a young age.

Simplifying Periodontal Treatment With the Fotona LightWalker Laser

Periodontal therapy can now be done with little to no discomfort thanks to the Fotona LightWalker Laser. Because there is no loud drilling or jarring vibrations with this technology, it is a great option for patients with dental anxiety. You will be able to sit back and relax during the brief treatment. The laser is able to quickly and effectively remove plaque and tartar during deep cleanings, making the treatment simple and more comfortable. The Fotona LightWalker Laser also reduces gum trauma, minimizes swelling during treatment, and expedites the healing process. This all means a greater success rate and reduced or eliminated tooth-loss through effective periodontal treatment. 

Look at your smile in the mirror. Are your gums receding? If so book an appointment with Ward Periodontics today to have your gums treated and restored!

Risk factors for gum recession

  • Periodontal disease
  • Aggressive brushing
  • Aggressive flossing
  • Tooth position
  • “Thin” gums