Healthy gums are thick and pink, serving as a protective barrier for the underlying bone of your jaw. When gum recession occurs, your mouth's natural defense against bacterial infection and trauma is weakened. In mild occurrences of gum recession, treatment may only require modifying dental hygiene habits. When severe gum recession occurs, a patient may undergo gum grafting. SmilesNY offers gum grafting in New York.
Gum grafting is a procedure to correct advanced gingival recession. When gum recession is severe, no amount of meticulous dental hygiene will correct the condition or prevent bacteria from accessing the underlying bones of the jaw. In order to correct the condition and prevent further recession, a thin piece of tissue is taken from another area of the mouth (typically the roof of the mouth or from a nearby area of the gum) and applied to the area where the gum is receding through a simple surgical procedure.
At SmilesNY, your gum grafting procedure will be performed by our on-site periodontist, Kevin Loshak D.D.S.. Before the procedure, the affected areas of your mouth will be numbed using local anesthesia. Dr. Loshak will then take healthy grafts of tissue from inside your mouth and transfer them to areas where severe gum recession is present. The new grafts of tissue will be held in place with sutures. Over a period of healing, the graft will permanently seal itself to the gum, resulting in a healthy and functional gum line.
The procedure for gum grafting is relatively short - usually 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your individual case. Sutures will be removed approximately one week after the initial procedure.
Gum grafting prevents the threat of bacterial infection and further recession in patients with severe gum recession. The procedure is predictable and reliable, providing excellent long-term results. Other benefits of gum grafting in NYC include:
If you suffer from severe receding gum lines that cause pain and sensitivity and affect your overall oral health, you may be a good candidate for gum grafting in New York. Your dentist at SmilesNY will discuss this treatment option with you.
The talented dentists at SmilesNY will be happy to discuss Gum Grafting in NYC with you. Please feel free to call 212.752.6537 or schedule an appointment online in our New York office.