All about Gum Tissue Grafting
Written by: Dr. Clifford Melnick, DMD
Why Is Gum Grafting Necessary?
Gum grafting can be a necessary procedure to help protect the teeth from gum recession, or to improve a smile’s appearance. If gum recession is not addressed, tooth loss can result. Through this blog, you will learn the basics about gum grafts, and find out more information about Dr. Clifford Melnick’s commitment to excellence in periodontal care.
Gum Grafting and Your Oral Health
When there is a lack of gingiva, the tissue becomes more likely to recede. An exposed tooth root can be a result of gum recession, and gum graft surgery repairs the issue and prevents additional loss. In-turn, there can be reduced tooth sensitivity and improved aesthetics with gum grafts.
If gum issues are not treated, then tooth loss can result yielding more extensive dental treatments. A gum graft can cover an exposed tooth root protecting the tooth from further recession while also transforming the aesthetics of the smile.
At Fifth Avenue Periodontics, we use dental techniques and procedures that yield the most painless and effective procedures. Connective tissue grafts are one of the most common gum grafting procedures that are performed in Dr. Melnick’s office. With connective tissue grafts, there is virtually no pain that is associated from the donor site as the internal tissue blends with the recipient site.
In addition, Dr. Melnick performs pedicle grafting, a procedure where gum tissue is taken from an adjacent area and slid into the area that requires more gingiva.
Dr. Melnick is passionate about helping his patients combat gum and periodontal disease. In addition to gum grafting, Dr. Melnick offers basic tips to ward off gum disease, including:
- Brush teeth at least twice per day
- Floss everyday
- Visit the dentist form routine appointments
- Eat a healthy diet
- Quit smoking—learn how, http://www.smokefree.gov/
- Visit a periodontist as needed for periodontal cleanings and preventative dental care.
During a consultation, Dr. Clifford Melnick performs an oral examination to gain more insight into the necessary individualized treatments that may be required. Dr. Melnick takes the time to explain every step of the processes so that patients feel comfortable during the entire time in the dentist’s chair.
Learn More about Gum Grafts
To learn more about your options with gum grafts, or to learn more about your own periodontal care, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Melnick. Dr. Melnick and his dental team will answer all of your questions, and help you understand what is necessary for your individual needs in terms of gum grafting.
To find out more information about our periodontal treatments, contact our New York office today. We will offer you expert guidance about your individual periodontal care. Learn more about how you can keep your mouth healthy and beautiful for a lifetime—contact Dr. Melnick today.
- American Academy of Periodontology. Gum Disease Treatments. http://www.perio.org/consumer/
- WebMD. Gum Tissue Grafts. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gum-tissue-graft-surgery?page=2