Should you worry when your doctor asks you to have a gum tissue graft? -

Should you worry when your doctor asks you to have a gum tissue graft?

Should you worry when your doctor asks you to have a gum tissue graft?

In some situations for treating oral diseases, your doctor will prescribe a gum tissue graft. However, you shouldn’t be afraid, because this is a surgery that is not too complicated. The effect is great for improving the aesthetics of the soft tissue around the teeth; And your teeth will be less likely to be affected by receding gums.

First, we can refer to what is known as receding gums

This is a condition of soft tissues surrounding the tooth falls out of the tooth, exposing the root. And the exposed teeth will be affected negatively from the outside environment.

Receding gums is a common oral problem among all of us, but with little proper attention. Only when the condition becomes severe will the patient seek the help of a dentist.

Besides, the process of receding gums takes place slowly, so few people pay attention. Until the root part is exposed and affected by the environment causing the sensitivity, then we will be concerned. If the receding gums are not treated promptly, the more damage to the teeth leads to the risk of tooth loss.

Receding gums need gum tissue graft treatment
Receding gums need gum tissue graft treatment

Gum tissue graft is the solution to repair damage and prevent other serious oral problems.

In dentistry, depending on the different condition of the area needing tissue graft, dentist will apply the following types of gum tissue graft:

@ Connective tissue grafts

This is the most common and effective gum tissue graft technique to treat receding gums.

The material used is the sub-epithelial connective tissue separated from the soft tissue flap cut in the palate. This connective tissue part will be stitched with gum tissue right in the area where the gum is missing.

The soft tissue flap in the palate will be stitched to heal.

@ Free gingival grafts.

Similar to connective tissue grafting, grafting material is also obtained from the palate. But do not filter the connective tissue, but take the entire soft tissue and stitch it into the gum area being treated.

Usually applies to patients whose gum thickness is too thin, and requires additional tissue to enlarge the gums.

@ Pedicle grafts.

In this technique, instead of removing soft tissue from the palate, the dentist will use gums that are adjacent to the receding area.

Part of the flap used for grafting is only partially cut, the cut side will be the place to be pulled up and inserted into the part of the tooth to be treated. Then stitching again to create an embrace of crowns. The other side of the flap remains stuck in its original position.

This procedure is used in patients who have a lot of gum tissue near the teeth having receding gums.

Gum tissue graft using the simplest technique
Gum tissue graft using the simplest technique

In addition to the above solutions, dentists around the world can use grafted tissue from tissue banks instead of from the patient’s own palate.

Finally, after examining and measuring, the dentist will be the one to tell you which solution is best for you.

How is the ability to recover after gum tissue graft?

After your gum grafting surgery is done, you can go home without having to stay in the clinic.

The surgeon will instruct in detail how to take care of the oral cavity as well as appropriate diet and rest in the postoperative period.

Important note: do not brush or floss right in the gum grafting area when this area has not healed. Other areas of the mouth are normal.

In addition to taking medication prescribed by the doctor; You may be prescribed a special mouthwash to disinfect the surgical area; And limit plaque during healing.

Usually, 1-2 weeks after the surgery, you should be able to eat soft foods like eggs, yogurt, soft cooked vegetables …

In particular, with this type of surgery, you can go to work normally after 24 hours of surgery. Of course, it will depend on how well your body can tolerate pain after surgery.

How much pain will be depending on the situation using the grafting gum technique.

  • If you have a gum tissue graft without taking tissue from the palate, you will experience less pain.
  • If the gum tissue graft takes tissue from the palate, of course, at this time you will have 2 areas of skin that need to be healed. However, you shouldn’t worry too much, because the palate is very quick to heal.

And the great thing is that the medications your doctor prescribes for you also provide significant pain relief, making you comfortable through these days.

When do you need to contact your doctor urgently after gum tissue graft is completed?

Within 1-2 weeks, the gums will heal gradually. However, there will be some unusual signs that cause you anxiety and need to contact your doctor immediately

  • The wound bleeds a lot and lasts long
  • Sudden increase in pain, fever, severe bruises appear

If you experience any of these conditions, immediately call the treating doctor and return to the clinic for prompt treatment.

Now, gum tissue graft surgery can be done at major and reputable dental centers.

  • Having a team of doctors with good expertise and long-term experience.
  • To be invested in high-class technology equipment and support to bring about high efficiency.
  • Proper sterile procedures, help avoid cross-contamination and increase safety.

In Vung Tau, you can come to Quoc Binh Dental Clinic for free check-up & consultation


Chief doctor: Dr. PHAN QUOC BINH

Facility 1: 19 Pham Hong Thai, Ward 7, Vung Tau.

(Closed every Sunday)

☎️ 09148399 66 / (0254) 383 99 66

Facility 2: 28 Le Loi, Ward 4, Vung Tau.

(Closed every Saturday)

☎️ (0254) 381 83 18

Facility 3: 649 Truong Cong Dinh, Ward 7, Vung Tau

Doctor in charge: Dr. NGUYEN HUU CHIEN

☎️ 0708 649 649

(Closed every Friday)

Working time: 7h30-11h30, 14h-20h30

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