and Kevin G. Murphy & Associates
Sadly, many people underestimate the importance of their gums. Only after they begin to experience gum recession do they start to think about this part of their smile. When this tissue shrinks back, it can make the teeth appear unnaturally long. Not only that, but it can also expose the sensitive tooth roots. Eventually, severe gum recession can even lead to tooth loss. How can this issue be addressed? Many patients have benefitted from gum grafting in Baltimore. Read on below to learn more about this restorative surgery, and contact us when you are ready to schedule a consultation with our expert team.
A gum graft in Baltimore is a surgery that covers exposed tooth roots and restores lost gum tissue. In most cases, we take a small piece of tissue from a patient’s palate (roof of the mouth) and attach it to the gums in an area where recession has occurred. In other cases, we use donated tissue.
The surgery usually takes just one appointment, and we do everything we can to create a positive, comfortable experience for patients. For example, in addition to using local anesthesia, we also offer various forms of sedation. You can be confident that your periodontist in Baltimore will perform the procedure as precisely and efficiently as possible.
Some noteworthy benefits of gum grafting include:
Patients tend to heal at different rates. Typically, it takes 4 – 8 weeks for the grafted tissue to fully integrate with the gums. Our team will coach you on steps you can take to facilitate an easy healing process. For example, you may need to adjust your diet by avoiding crunchy and hard foods. You may also need to be extra-gentle during your oral hygiene routine so you do not disturb the graft. If you ever run into any questions or concerns while you are healing from your surgery, do not hesitate to reach out to us.