If you have receding gums, a gum graft can help cover your exposed tooth roots. A connective tissue graft is probably the most common type of gum graft because it offers many benefits and is very versatile. In this graft, a thin sheet of tissue is taken from the donor site, but the surface tissue is retained, which reduces discomfort and speeds healing at the donor site.
A connective tissue graft is the most commonly used gum graft procedure. In this procedure, a graft is taken from the donor site, but it’s only a partial thickness graft, leaving you with the skin at the donor site. Connective tissue graft leads to:
With these benefits, it’s easy to understand why this has become the most commonly used tissue graft procedure.
In general, if you are a candidate for gum grafting, you are probably a candidate for a connective tissue graft. You have to be in good general and oral health. The teeth to be treated have to be healthy. You should not have health conditions or be taking medications that might interfere with gum healing. And you have to be dedicated to future gum health.
In addition, you need to meet certain qualifications in terms of the amount, position, and type of certain gum tissues. If you can’t meet these qualifications, you will need to have a full free gingival graft.
First, we will prepare the recipient area to receive the graft. This may involve treating the tooth root to make it better capable of holding the graft in place. It will also involve cutting the gums so they will heal together with the graft.
Then we will cut an incision in the donor site. For most people, this is in the roof of the mouth (palate), though it may also be taken from other areas of the mouth, such as parts of the gums where you have lost teeth. A flap is cut mostly away from the donor area and folded aside. Then a connective tissue graft is cut completely from the exposed tissue. The initial flap is repositioned and sutured in place.
The graft is then maneuvered into place and secured with sutures.
Sometimes, instead of taking connective tissue from a donor site, we might opt to use an acellular dermal matrix instead of your own connective tissue. This tissue is taken from donated medical sources. The tissue is cleaned of all living cells, leaving just the connective proteins that can sometimes serve as a suitable substitute for a graft.
If you would like to treat receding gums and want to learn whether a connective tissue graft is right for you, please contact Dr. Ravon today for a consultation with Beverly Hills periodontist Dr. Nicolas Ravon.