Get Your Gums Healthy Again With Gum Grafts in Collegeville
Receding gums affect both the health and appearance of your smile. Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team at the LANAP and Implant Center in Collegeville, PA will determine the cause of your gum recession and provide ways to bring the problem under control. Gum grafts are one way to reverse the damage and stop further recession that can eventually lead to bone loss.Doctor Henry Hsu on gum grafts Read Transcript
One of the most common complications that the patients can run into is the recession of the gums. Recession of the gums are not only associated with the loss of gum but in addition also the underlying bone structure. When the recessions occur in the aesthetic zone, such as the smile line, it can cause an aesthetic concern as well. By augmenting the receding gum and do a regenerative or a repair therapy, we are able to essentially form what is called a root coverage and biotech conversion. What biotech conversion really means is that I'm gonna make sure that the tissues are a little bit thicker so that the area is gonna be more resistant to future recession. Root coverage just basically means what it entails, that the roots are going to be covered up with gum so the recession can be repaired. If you have untreated gum recession, if you have teeth sensitivity, if your gum recessions are causing an aesthetic concern, if you're self-conscious about how your gums look, we can help you.
Gum grafting, also called soft tissue grafting, will:
- Help stop bone and tooth loss
- Help prevent decay
- Alleviate sensitivity caused by exposed tooth roots
- Give you a more attractive and even gumline
- Allow your tissue to heal naturally, quickly, and comfortably with PRGF (plasma rich in growth factors)
We may need to perform soft tissue grafting before performing your dental implant placement procedure. Because your gums act as a foundation for securing your teeth, they need to be able to help stabilize your dental implants. To talk to us about restoring your gums to health, call 610-228-4366.
PRGF Helps Your Gums Heal More Quickly
Your gum grafting procedure will be quick and much more comfortable than what you would find in a traditional dental office. We use donor-less tissue rather than harvesting tissue from the roof of your mouth. Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team at the LANAP and Implant Center typically complete your procedure in about 45 to 60 minutes. We’ll use local anesthesia to ensure your comfort, and you can get dental sedation if you need it.
Once the tissue is in place over your roots, we will apply plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF) to the site. We collect this plasma from your own blood sample through a detailed process that concentrates the PRGF to be used in medical applications. Though hospitals have been doing this for years to help improve outcomes for patients, PRGF in the dental office is a fairly new procedure. You will only find it in top, specialized dental offices.
You will then return to our Collegeville, PA dental office approximately one week after your gum grafting procedure to have your stitches removed. We will also schedule a couple of short follow-up visits to keep an eye on your healing progress. While PRGF facilitates healing, we can also provide you with nutritional therapy and homeopathic care to promote the healing process.
Cover Exposed Tooth Roots For Better Oral Health
Whether receding gums have exposed one tooth root or several, you’ll want our dental team to perform a gum grafting procedure at our Philadelphia periodontal office. If you don’t, your receding gums will expose your tooth roots, which:
- Gives your smile an unhealthy look
- Make you more prone to decay and other dental problems
- Creates tooth sensitivity
Gum grafts are a highly effective way of repairing gum recession and covering exposed tooth roots. Call our Collegeville, PA office at 610-228-4366 to see if you need a gum graft. You’ll find our office near Ursinus College and Northern Star Farm.