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Understanding Periodontal Grafting

Periodontal grafting, also known as gum grafting or gingival augmentation, is a procedure designed to address gum recession, a common issue that compromises oral health and aesthetics. When recession extends beyond the gum line, exposing tooth roots and increasing sensitivity, periodontal grafting becomes essential for restoring gum tissue and preventing further damage.

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The Benefits of Gingival Grafting

Gingival grafting plays a crucial role in treating gum recession by transferring tissue from the palate or adjacent areas to establish a stable band of attached gingiva around affected teeth. This procedure not only improves oral health by covering exposed root surfaces but also enhances aesthetics, providing a natural and healthy gumline. With its proven reliability, gingival grafting ensures long-term stability and protection for your teeth and gums.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to recover from a gingival grafting procedure?

Recovery from a gingival grafting procedure typically takes about one to two weeks. During this time, it’s essential to follow post-operative instructions provided by your dentist, including maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding hard or abrasive foods that could irritate the surgical site.

Can gum recession be treated without surgery?

In cases of minor recession where healthy gingiva is still present, simple modifications to home care practices may suffice as treatment. However, when recession extends to the mucosa and compromises the primary defense against bacterial penetration, surgical intervention such as gingival grafting becomes necessary for optimal restoration of gum tissue.

What are the risks associated with gingival grafting?

While gingival grafting is generally considered safe, like any surgical procedure, it carries certain risks. These may include infection, bleeding, discomfort, or complications with the healing process. However, your dentist will take precautions and provide post-operative care instructions to minimize these risks and ensure a successful outcome.

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