Gum Graft Surgery in the GTA
If you’ve been told by your dentist that you need gum graft surgery, you may be worried about undergoing the procedure. But you can relax – gum grafts are relatively common, and may be recommended for tooth health or simply to beautify your smile. As we get older our gums may recede, and because gum tissue doesn’t regenerate, this loss of tissue can leave the root of a tooth exposed, or create spaces where plaque can collect. This often happens so slowly that you may not even notice until a gum graft is required. There are a number of periodontists in the Greater Toronto Area who perform this procedure, which is also known as gingival graft or graft tissue surgery.
What is Gum Graft Surgery?
There are various ways in which the procedure can be performed. The most common method is called a connective-tissue graft, and it’s usually performed to remedy an exposed tooth root. An exposed root can cause pain and discomfort when it comes into contact with heat or cold, and it can even lead to tooth loss. With this procedure, the periodontist will open the skin of the soft palate on the roof of your mouth, and remove some tissue from underneath. This is known as subepithelial connective tissue. This connective tissue is then glued (no stitches required) to the gum tissue that surrounds the exposed root. The skin flap on the palate is stitched back down.
A free gingival graft also uses tissue from the soft palate, but just involves removing tissue directly from the roof of the mouth, which is then attached to the area of the gums being treated. This is an older procedure which is typically more painful and less aesthetic.
The Right Periodontist
Many of us are nervous about undergoing dental or medical procedures, but even if you’re not, it’s best to have a medical professional who communicates clearly, cares for your comfort, and has the right skills and experience to perform the procedure.
Before your surgery, make sure that you are comfortable with your periodontist. If you’re seeking someone to perform the procedure, you can ask for recommendations from your dentist, your friends or co-workers, or family members. You can also explore the websites of GTA periodontists. Many periodontists post reviews from their patients, and these can give you a good idea of what others have experienced while using their services. (One good sign is finding reviews from people who have undergone more than one procedure with the professional.)
Find a periodontist in the GTA who is skilled and knowledgeable about the science of gum graft surgery, and who also cares about your comfort, and your smile will be better than ever!