Benefits of a Free Gingival Graft in Beverly Hills

A free gingival graft, sometimes also called an epithelialized free gingival graft is that it can correct certain types of gum recession that other gum grafting procedures cannot.

Some people may also have tissue at the donor site that is too thin for the connective tissue graft procedure. These people can still get a gum graft with the free gingival graft.

Is a Free Gingival Graft Right for You?

First, we must determine whether you are a good candidate for a gum graft procedure. You should be in good general and oral health. This means that you should be free of gum disease and the teeth to be treated should be healthy and be adequately secured by bone. You should not be taking medications that could interfere with the healing of your gums. And you should be committed to maintaining your gum health in the future.

To determine whether a free gingival graft is the best gum grafting procedure for you, we will evaluate a number of factors, such as:

  • The size and shape of the area to be covered
  • The amount of keratinized gum tissue at the recipient site
  • The amount of gum attachment at the recipient site

The tissue in your mouth is made up of two types of tissue: soft, mucosal tissue and keratinized gingiva. The keratinized gingiva is what most of your gum tissue is made of. It’s hard and durable, capable of helping to support ant protect teeth and bones, and capable of standing up to the punishing abrasions with food that come with biting and chewing. For a successful gum graft, we need to make sure you have enough keratinized tissue at the recipient site.

Gum attachment is also crucial to a successful gum graft. A free gingival graft is best at promoting gum attachment in some situations.

The Free Gingival Graft Procedure

In the free gingival graft, we first prepare the recipient site to receive the graft. This means cutting the gums so they will heal together with the graft and preparing the exposed tooth root to better anchor the graft.

Then we will cut the graft away from the donor site. Most often, the donor site is the roof of the mouth, but sometimes other areas of the gums, especially those without teeth, may be used. This graft is then placed on the recipient site and sutured in place.

The donor site is dressed. This could be done with a gauze dressing or it may involve the use of a plastic stent, kind of like an orthodontic retainer, that you wear on the top of your mouth until it heals.

To learn whether the free gingival graft in Beverly Hills is right for you, please contact Nicolas A. Ravon DDS MSD for an appointment.