If you require a gum graft to restore your oral health, you may have several questions running through your head as you prepare for your procedure: What does gum graft consist of? Where will the grafting tissue come from? Before your procedure, Dr. Shelby Nelson, our local periodontist, will review the various types of gum grafts with you and help you decide which one will best meet your needs. Some of the most common types of gum grafts are:
– Connective tissue graft: this graft involves making an incision in the roof of your mouth (palate) and removing tissue from underneath the surface. Once this tissue is removed, the flap on your palate will be sewn shut, and the graft will be stitched to the gum tissue.
– Free gingival graft: this graft is similar to the connective tissue graft, but the tissue grafts are taken from the palate directly instead of underneath the surface. This graft is then attached to the gum tissue.
– Pedicle graft: this graft uses gum tissue around the treated area. Instead of completely removing the flap of graft tissue, it is only partially cut so that it still remains attached on one edge. The flap is then pulled down or over to cover exposed dental roots, and it is sewn into place.
– Allograft: this graft uses tissue grafts that are donated from a tissue bank. The graft is placed over the treatment area and sewn into place.
All forms of gum grafts are completely safe and effective. As you visit with our periodontist in Fort Worth, Texas, we will help you know which type of gum graft works for you, based on your dental needs and personal preferences. Contact us today at 817-738-2334 to learn more.