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Things to Know Before Getting a Gum Graft

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Gum recession is a common oral health issue affecting countless individuals in New Jersey and nationwide. Many factors, such as periodontal disease and genetic predisposition, can contribute to receding gums, which not only compromise the aesthetics of your smile but can also lead to bone and tissue loss, among other oral health issues. Fortunately, gum grafting is a solution that can help restore the health and appearance of your gums. 

If your dentist has recommended undergoing a gum graft procedure, the skilled specialists at Union City Oral Surgery Group can help. We have decades of experience performing successful gum graft procedures and helping our patients walk out of our office with confidence. We customize every treatment plan to ensure your procedure is as quick and pain-free as possible. Our surgeons understand your gums’ importance to your overall health and will work tirelessly to ensure a successful outcome. 

4 Factors to Consider Before Getting a Gum Graft

Deciding to have oral surgery, such as a gum graft, is a significant decision that requires careful consideration. Before scheduling your procedure, it is essential to consider the following factors:

Signs You May Need a Gum Graft

As you make your decision, recognizing the signs you may need a gum graft can help. Your dentist may recommend a gum graft if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Receding gums
  • Thin, translucent gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages
  • Visible tooth roots

This is not an exhaustive list, and there may be other signs that are less obvious to the naked eye. Your dentist or oral surgeon can provide you with a detailed explanation of why they have recommended the procedure. 

How Does the Gum Graft Procedure Work?

During a gum graft, your surgeon will transfer tissue from one area of your mouth – typically from the roof of your mouth – to be grafted onto your gums. However, if no healthy tissue is available to graft, you may be eligible for a donor graft. This restoration can help prevent future tooth decay and tissue loss as well as decrease tooth sensitivity. Our surgeons offer several different sedation options to ensure you have a pain-free procedure. 

What Can I Expect After the Procedure?

After your procedure, the sedative will take several hours to completely wear off, so you should arrange for someone else to drive you home. It is common to experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort in the first few days following your surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe medications to help you manage these symptoms. Be sure only to eat soft foods until your surgeon advises otherwise so that your graft is not disturbed. 

While home care after your gum graft is essential, attending all follow-up appointments is also imperative so that your surgeon can monitor your progress and provide updated instructions as you heal. Many patients can fully resume normal activities in a matter of weeks. 

Gum Graft Success Rates

Gum grafts have high success rates, and your healing should proceed smoothly if you follow your doctor’s instructions. If you notice signs of infection as you heal, such as excessive swelling or pus around the surgical site, see your doctor immediately to protect your health and ensure the success of your surgery.

Schedule an Appointment with a First-Class Oral Surgeon at Union City Oral Surgery Group

At Union City Oral Surgery Group, our talented specialists are ready to help you attain and maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. Our founder, Dr. Nancy Herbst, has over 25 years of experience providing first-class oral healthcare to her patients across New Jersey. We are committed to supporting you throughout your treatment journey so that you can leave our office completely satisfied with your care. 

To schedule an appointment with a skilled oral surgeon, call us today at (201) 601-9262 or complete our contact form.