Gingival (Gum) Grafting

Dr. Andrew C. Dreyer offers gum grafting to cover an exposed tooth or to replace any tissues that are lost. This treatment is usually needed when gums recede, which could be due to periodontitis, trauma, toothbrush abrasion, or the misalignment of teeth.

Because there are many reasons for receding gums, there are also many ways to cure it. These treatment options include:

  • Free gingival grafting: This treatment is meant to thicken your gum tissue. This process includes your periodontist taking a section of the surface of your palate and placing it on the area with receding gums. Both the palate and gums will heal quickly without having any permanent damage. This can cover the exposed root, but it will also prevent any further recession.
  • Subepithelial connective tissue graft: This procedure is much like the free gingival grafting treatment, but it uses tissue from a deeper level of the palate that is relocated to the place of gum recession.
  • Acellular dermal matrix allograft: This treatment involves your periodontist replacing your receded gums with donated tissues. This is beneficial for you because it does not cause as much pain as it would to remove it from your own mouth. This can also be beneficial when you have many different teeth to cover.

To find out more about getting a gum graft in Bakersfield, California, schedule an appointment with us today and ask your periodontist! We will inform you on whether this procedure is something you need in order to reach your oral health goals.