If you have receding gums and are looking for a treatment, gum graft surgery might be right for you. A pedicle graft—sometimes called lateral pedicle graft–is one of the options used for gum grafts. In a pedicle graft, gum tissue is moved from nearby the affected tooth to cover the exposed area. This has the advantage that it does not require surgery in a donor area. The problem is that most people do not fit the restrictive requirements for pedicle grafts.
The pedicle graft procedure has some important benefits:
These benefits are only available to people who are good candidates for pedicle graft.
As we noted above, a pedicle graft is not right for everyone with receding gums. It has a number of important restrictions.
First, you have to be a good candidate for gum graft. This means that you have to have you have to have good oral and general health. You shouldn’t be taking medications that can interfere with the healing of your gums. And you should be committed to gum health in the future.
In addition, you have to meet the following criteria:
The most important requirement for lateral gum graft is that you have adequate gum tissue nearby. If you don’t have enough gum tissue, the procedure won’t adequately cover the receding gums or might cause receding gums at the donor site. The best sites for coverage with a pedicle graft are those that are long and narrow and only affect one or two teeth.
The roots also have to be in good shape to support the new gum tissue. This means they have to be secure in the bone, and there must be adequate bone at the site of recession.
In a pedicle graft the tooth root at the recipient site is treated to help the graft connect to the tooth. Then incisions are made at the recipient site to prepare it for the graft.
At the donor site, the flap is cut mostly free, but attachment is retained. The size and shape of the flap depends on your surgeon’s technique, how much tissue you have available, and the size and shape of the receding area to be covered. The flap is rotated around to the recipient site. Then it is secured at the recipient site with sutures.
If you have additional questions about the pedicle graft procedure or to learn whether it’s right for you, please contact Dr. Nicolas Ravon in Beverly Hills today.