Gum Grafting at Polygems Dental Care
What is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that aims to repair and restore the gums that have receded due to gum disease, trauma, aging, or other factors. Gum recession exposes the roots of the teeth, which can cause sensitivity, decay, infection, and tooth loss. Gum grafting covers the exposed roots with healthy gum tissue and improves the appearance and health of the gums.
Gum grafting is performed by a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating gum diseases and conditions. Polygems Dental Care has a team of experienced and qualified periodontists who can provide high-quality gum grafting services to their patients.
Why Do You Need Gum Grafting?
You may need gum grafting if you have gum recession that affects your oral health and aesthetics. Some of the reasons why you may need gum grafting are:
- To reduce tooth sensitivity and pain caused by exposed roots
- To prevent further gum recession and bone loss
- To protect the roots from decay and infection
- To improve the appearance of your smile
- To enhance your confidence and self-esteem
How is Gum Grafting Performed?
There are different types of gum grafts that can be used to treat gum recession. The most common ones are:
- Free gingival graft: This involves taking a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth (palate) and attaching it to the area where your gums have receded. This type of graft is suitable for people who have thin gums and need more tissue to prevent further recession.
- Connective tissue graft: This involves making a small flap in the roof of your mouth and removing some connective tissue from underneath. The flap is then stitched back and the connective tissue is placed over the exposed roots and secured with stitches. This type of graft is suitable for people who have moderate to severe recession and need more tissue to cover the roots.
- Pedicle graft: This involves cutting a flap of tissue from an adjacent area of your gums and sliding it over the exposed roots. The flap is then stitched in place and the blood supply is maintained. This type of graft is suitable for people who have enough gum tissue around their teeth and need more tissue to cover the roots.
The type of gum graft that you will receive depends on your individual needs and preferences. Your periodontist will discuss the options with you and recommend the best one for you.
The procedure for gum grafting usually takes about one to two hours and is done under local anesthesia, which means you will not feel any pain during the surgery. You may also opt for sedation if you are anxious or nervous about the procedure.
What are the Benefits and Risks of Gum Grafting?
The benefits of gum grafting are:
- It restores your gum health and prevents further complications
- It protects your teeth from sensitivity, decay, and loss
- It improves your smile and appearance
- It boosts your confidence and self-esteem
The risks of gum grafting are:
- There may be some bleeding, swelling, or pain after the surgery
- There may be some complications during or after the surgery, such as infection, inflammation, nerve damage, or graft failure
- There may be some allergic reactions or rejection of the graft material
- There may be some discomfort or changes in sensation in the donor site
How Much Does Gum Grafting Cost?
The cost of gum grafting depends on several factors, such as:
- The type and amount of graft material used
- The complexity and duration of the procedure
- The experience and qualifications of the periodontist
- The location and reputation of the dental clinic
Can I Use MediSave Pay for Gum Grafting?
Yes, you can use MediSave to pay for a portion of your Gum Grafting procedure.
Can I Use CHAS subsidies for Gum Grafting?
No, you cannot at the point of publishing. For updated information, head to www.chas.sg
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about gum grafting:
Is gum grafting painful?
No, gum grafting is not painful as it is done under local anesthesia. You may feel some pressure or vibration during the surgery, but you will not feel any pain. After the surgery, you may have some mild pain or discomfort for a few days, which can be relieved with painkillers and ice packs.
How long does gum grafting take?
The duration of gum grafting depends on the number and location of teeth that need treatment, the type of graft material that is used, and the technique that is employed. Generally, gum grafting takes about one to two hours to complete.
How long does it take to heal after gum grafting?
The healing time after gum grafting varies from person to person and depends on the type of graft material that is used and the quality of your gum tissue. Generally, it takes about two to three weeks for the gums to heal and about four to six months for the bone to integrate with the graft.
What are the do’s and don’ts after gum grafting?
After gum grafting, you should follow these do’s and don’ts to ensure a smooth recovery:
- Do take your prescribed medications as instructed by your periodontist
- Do apply ice packs to your cheek to reduce swelling and pain
- Do eat soft foods and drink plenty of fluids
- Do keep your mouth clean by rinsing gently with warm salt water
- Do visit your periodontist for regular check-ups and follow-ups
- Don’t brush or floss the surgical site until it is healed
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol as this may impair healing and cause infection
- Don’t eat hard, sticky, or spicy foods that may irritate the wound
- Don’t touch or disturb the wound with your tongue or fingers