Learn more about gingival grafting with Keene, NH area dentist

In situations where Keene, NH area patients have experienced gum recession, soft tissue grafting, or gingival grafting, is often recommended. Periodontal disease is a condition that can often cause patients to experience shrinking of the gum tissue. However, this is not the only reason. Other reasons why a patient might experience gum recession include:

  • Natural process of aging
  • Trauma/injury
  • Chronic overbrushing
  • Poor tooth positioning
  • Genetically inherited thin gum tissue
  • Prominent frenum

Patients who have the roots of the teeth exposed due to gum recession may often experience discomfort. This is because the roots are sensitive to temperature changes. Eating or drinking hot or cold foods when gum recession is present can contribute to pain and sensitivity. In some instances, the aesthetic appearance of the smile is altered from gum recession. With gingival grafting, patients can restore their smile by covering the exposed tooth root and protecting it from sensitivity, disease, and even cavities.

What can I expect from gingival graft healing?

Patients who have gingival grafts done are given aftercare instructions from our board-certified periodontists at Monadnock Perio and Implant Center. Drs. Tae Kwon and Howard Yen often recommend being careful when brushing and flossing the teeth for several days as the area heals from the procedure. Prescription-strength mouthwashes may also be recommended while the area is healing from the grafting procedure. Talking to the dentist about the ways to facilitate faster recovery is a step in the right direction!

What does gingival grafting involve?

First, the dental team will perform a deep, thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums. Then, local anesthetic is administered to ensure comfort. Donor gum tissue is then grafted where it is needed and stitched with dissolvable stitches to keep the new soft tissue in place. Sometimes, this can be done without any stitches at all (as a matter of fact, Dr. Kwon is an inventor of SAK technique which does not involve stiches in graft sites). There may be some slight discomfort for three to five days following the procedure, which can be well controlled with medications. After the first six weeks after the procedure, gum uniformity will occur, and significant healing should be completed.

Call the office of Drs. Tae Kwon and Howard Yen

At Monadnock Perio and Implant Center, patients in the area of Keene, NH can obtain the best possible care with our dedicated professionals. Our board-certified periodontists are pleased to offer gingival grafting and other soft tissue treatments. Call (603) 215-5800 to request a visit at 819 Court Street, Unit A.