Cosmetic gum grafting is a procedure used to fix teeth that have seemingly grown too long that they tend to age your overall face. It is an attempt to restore the youthfulness of your smile, and also save your teeth from further damage due to the recession of the gum line.

Its long term benefits depend on how good you are at effectively practicing your overall personal oral hygiene.


-Dr. Smith

After a procedure of this nature, you must brush at least twice a day, but ideally every time immediately after you've eaten, and then floss in order to reach places that brushing misses.



Why Gum Grafting May Be Needed

Overtime, as we grow older, our gum lines gradually begin to recede, or pull back from our teeth. If we develop periodontal disease, our teeth may even become loose as we begin to lose gum tissue, and subsequently the bone material that holds our teeth in place.

Cosmetic gum grafting not only helps improve your appearance, but will guard against further gum damage if done properly, and you exercise the care you need. Moreover, after getting the procedure, you'll notice that eating hot or cold foods, such as ice cream, will become a more comfortable experience, for the procedure will correct a common issue among gum disease suffers--sensitivity due to food temperature.



Gum Grafting Procedure

The Dr Smith will gently reposition the muscle tissue beside the gum line that is receding. He does this to avoid any additional pulling sensation on the gums. He will then either take a small amount of tissue from your palate, or he will seek tissue from a donor. After that, he will take the tissue and insert it into your damaged gum line. He then secures it, either with an adhesive substance or with stitches.



Gum Grafting Recovery

Once the dentist finishes the procedure, the recovery time is short, approximately a week. The success rate of this procedure is quite high. A week after the procedure, you can enjoy showing your more youthful smile. But you must follow the dentist's orders carefully after surgery, or complications--such as an infection--could set in. Your dentist will usually prescribe an antiseptic mouthwash to guard against this. It's very important that you use it every time you brush your teeth, even if your gums feel like they've recovered from the cosmetic gum grafting.



Cost of Gum Grafting

The cost of cosmetic gum grafting can vary among a fairly wide range, depending on how much work needs to be done, and depending on the dentist you visit. While many insurance plans cover this procedure, none of them are likely to cover the entire surgery. There will most likely be a co-pay by you.




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