Fresno Periodontists

Gum Graft Surgery

Receding gums, whether due to gum disease or other conditions, can cause discomfort and make you self-conscious about your smile. The exposed tooth roots have a different color and texture, which can make your smile appear unhealthy. In addition to being aesthetically unappealing, receding gums can be painful and sensitive to hot and cold liquids. Furthermore, the exposed roots are more susceptible to decay and may eventually lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Fortunately, a gum graft is a proven and successful procedure that can cover your exposed roots, resulting in a more attractive and healthier smile.

Dr. Nicolas A. Ravon is a highly experienced periodontist who specializes in gum grafts. He uses advanced procedures to restore your smile and reverse the damage caused by receding gums. With a solid track record of successful gum graft surgeries, Dr. Ravon has helped numerous patients regain their confidence and perfect their smile.

If you are considering a gum graft to protect your smile, please call (559) 298-4700 or contact the office of Nicolas A. Ravon, DDS, MSD in Fresno, CA

Gum Grafting Benefits for Implant Cases

Gum recession can be effectively treated with gum grafting, restoring gums to optimal health. Consequently, patients can expect to experience improved oral health benefits.

We utilize a particular variety of zirconia as a non-metallic substitute for titanium dental implants. Zirconia, akin to titanium, is a biocompatible substance. Nevertheless, it varies from titanium in numerous advantageous aspects. This dental ceramic possesses:

  • More attractive smile
  • Less tooth sensitivity
  • Less risk of root decay
  • Lower risk of tooth loss
  • Less risk of bone loss
For most people, these benefits are long-lasting, and with proper oral hygiene, they can be permanent. A gum grafting procedure can give you benefits for a lifetime.
Gum grafting also can cover severe receding gums that cannot be treated with non-grafting procedures.

Fresno Periodontist Gum Grafting Options

During your consultation for gum grafting, we will discuss with you the available options for rejuvenating your gums to a healthy and attractive state. Typically, there are three widely used gum grafting techniques that we can select from to effectively restore your gums.

  • Pedicle graft
  • Connective tissue graft
  • Free gingival graft

During a pedicle graft procedure, we delicately reposition local gum tissue to achieve optimal results. This technique involves moving tissue within the local area, eliminating the need for a donor site.

A connective tissue graft involves taking a graft from a donor site, typically located on the roof of your mouth. However, the tissue is removed from beneath the surface to minimize disruption to the donor site tissue. Rest assured, all of your skin remains intact.

During a free gingival graft procedure, a full graft is extracted from the donor area, encompassing the skin.

After harvesting the tissue from the donor site, it is meticulously secured and repositioned at the grafting site. This allows for proper healing and ultimately results in the healthy and refined appearance of your gums.

Recovery after Gum Graft Surgery

Gum grafting procedure does not typically require you to take any extended time off work, with the exception of a partial day for the operation. The graft site may cause minimal discomfort, while the donor site may be slightly painful. Over-the-counter medications are often sufficient for pain management. You can expect to resume your work routine the day after the procedure.

It is advised to refrain from brushing and flossing the graft site for a few weeks and to adhere to a soft food diet to promote proper healing of the gums. As healing progresses, a normal diet can gradually be reintroduced.

To determine if gum grafting in Fresno, CA is suitable for your needs, kindly reach us at (559) 298-4700 or contact us now to arrange an appointment.

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