Gum grafting is a minor surgical procedure that is suitable for most people who have receding gums. If you are healthy, have controlled the cause of your receding gums, and aren’t taking medications that can interfere with healing, then you are a good candidate for gum grafting. You also need to commit to caring for your gums after a gum graft.
The only way to learn for sure whether you are a candidate for gum grafting is to talk to a periodontist. To schedule an appointment with Beverly Hills periodontist Dr. Nicolas Ravon, please call (310) 275-5325 or email Dr. Nicolas Ravon today.
The most important consideration for a gum grafting candidate is whether you will benefit from the procedure. You will benefit from gum grafting if:
Gum grafting can correct all of these. A gum graft will restore the healthy, attractive appearance of your gums. It will cover the unsightly and vulnerable cementum. It will protect the sensitive tooth root. And it will arrest the progression of receding gums.
In order to have gum graft surgery, you have to be in good health. In particular, your gums must be healthy. Uncontrolled gum disease is an absolute contraindication for gum graft procedures. If your gums are unhealthy, any gum graft is likely to fail or be subject to future recession.
The tooth or teeth to be covered by a gum graft have to be healthy, too. An infected tooth or teeth might not benefit from gum graft and can cause further infection if not treated. Teeth that are too loose may not serve as an adequate anchor for a gum graft.
Other conditions that may prevent gum graft are those which put your gums at increased risk, including diabetes and compromised immune systems.
You also have to be healthy enough for surgery, which includes being able to have appropriate anesthesia with low risk.
Certain medications can interfere with your healing. Blood thinning medications and nutrient supplements, for example, can be problematic, as can those drugs that can lead to gum overgrowth, such as some anti-seizure medications, calcium channel blockers (taken for high blood pressure), and immuno-suppressants.
If you want to get good results from a gum graft procedure, you need to be committed to gum health in the future. This means making lifestyle choices that are healthier for your gums, including giving up smoking and chewing tobacco, committing to healthy levels of alcohol consumption, removing problematic piercings, and taking better care of your oral health.
If you do not make these commitments, you have to be prepared for poor results from a gum graft and the likely event that you may need an additional gum graft in the future, either at this site or another site.
If you would like to talk to a Beverly Hills periodontist about a gum graft procedure, please contact Nicolas A. Ravon DDS MSD today.