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Treating Receding Gums with Gum Grafts


Woman smiling after fixing receeding gums with a gum graft by her Flower Mound Oral Surgeon at DFW Oral Surgeons.Your gum tissue plays many important roles in your mouth. It is an essential component of a beautiful, confident smile. It also plays an integral role in your oral health. Healthy gum tissue forms a protective seal around your teeth, keeping out bacteria and other debris. They provide coverage for your tooth roots, preventing uncomfortable sensitivity. They also help provide stability for your teeth, in addition to your periodontal ligaments and jawbone. There are several issues that can affect the health of your gums, causing them to recede. At DFW Oral Surgeons, we can treat receding gums with a gum graft.

What Causes Gum Recession?


There are several different issues that can lead to gum recession. Common causes include:
•  Gum disease. As gum disease advances, your gum tissue begins to pull away from your teeth. The infected tissue begins to die off, leading to a receding gum line.
•  Aggressive brushing. Brushing your teeth too hard can wear away delicate gum tissues.
•  Crooked teeth. When your teeth are not properly aligned, too much pressure can be placed on the gum and jawbone, causing recession.
•  Bruxism. This is grinding and clenching your teeth. When you grind and clench your teeth, excessive pressure is placed on your teeth, your jawbone, and your gums.

What is a Gum Graft?


A gum graft is a surgical procedure that is performed to treat gum recession. The procedure involves taking tissue from another area of your mouth and transplanting it over the affected teeth. In some cases, the tissue may be taken from a donor. The harvested tissue is sutured into place over the affected teeth, and these tissues fuse as you heal. As the tissues fuse, your healthy, natural gum line is restored.

Types of Gum Grafts


There are a few different types of gum grafts that may be performed. During your consultation, we will go over your options and determine the best type of gum graft to meet your needs.
•  Connective tissue. A connective tissue graft involves taking tissue from the roof of your mouth. To harvest the tissue, a small flap is created in your palate, and the tissue is taken out from underneath. This type of graft is the most commonly used and helps to provide excellent root coverage.
•  Free-gingival. A free-gingival graft is similar to a connective tissue graft in that the necessary tissue is harvested from the roof of your mouth. However, with this type of graft, the tissue is taken directly from the palate, leaving a larger, open wound. This type of graft is helpful when keratinized tissue is needed.
•  Pedicle. A pedicle graft uses healthy gum tissue from adjacent teeth. With this type of graft, we make strategic incisions in your gums and rearrange the tissue to provide the necessary coverage for your affected teeth. The tissue is then sutured into place. With this type of graft, your blood vessels remain intact, which can help to shorten your healing time.

A gum graft is an effective treatment for receding gums. For more information, and to find out if a gum graft is right for you, call DFW Oral Surgeons today at (972) 539-1491.
Dr. Shillingburg and the amazing team at DFW Oral Surgeons are proud to provide exceptional care, including wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and many other services to residents in and around Argyle, Bartonville, Highland Village, Lantana, Double Oak, South Denton, Denton County, and surrounding areas. Not only has Dr. Shillingburg won best Oral Surgeon of Denton County in 2017 and 2018. He has over 10 years of experience treating patients in his state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center in Flower Mound, TX.

John C. Shillingburg, DDS

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Dr. John Shillingburg is proud to be a native Texan. After graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science and from the University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio with a doctorate degree in dental science, Dr. Shillingburg completed a general dentistry residency at Fort Carson in Colorado. Read more.

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