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Is It Painful To Undergo Gum Grafting Surgery?

Jul 15, 2024   |   93 Views

Do you have receding gums because of periodontal disease or teeth grinding? Gum recession can leave your tooth roots exposed, increasing the risk of sensitivity and root caries. It also impacts the look of your smile. Fortunately, undergoing gum grafting surgery can address these concerns and minimize your symptoms. But how painful is the procedure? How long does it take to recover? Read ahead to learn more details about this procedure.

What is Gum Grafting?

Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that is designed to treat advanced gum recession, which can occur due to periodontal disease, bite misalignment, and bruxism. In this procedure, a periodontist removes a small piece of tissue from another part of your mouth and places it over the areas of exposed tooth roots.

As the gum graft heals, it merges with the surrounding gum tissues, forming a protective barrier on the tooth root surfaces. Moreover, this procedure also creates a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing smile. For these reasons, this treatment is considered an effective part of periodontal therapy for patients with an advanced form of gum disease.

How Does The Procedure Work?

Before the surgical process, your periodontist will perform a detailed oral exam to identify areas with gum recession. Your medical history will also be assessed to ensure that you do not have any existing conditions that may impact the success of this treatment.

Gum grafting surgery begins with the injection of local anesthesia to numb the treatment areas. Once the tissues are completely numb, your periodontist will remove a small section of soft tissue from the roof of your mouth or another region and attach it carefully over the areas of gum recession.

After the procedure, a surgical gauze will be placed to minimize bleeding and allow proper healing. Complete healing may take 3 to 4 weeks.

Is Gum Grafting Painful?

Throughout the duration of gum grafting surgery, you will likely experience little to no pain, as the local anesthesia will ensure that your tissues remain numb. Your periodontist may also use sedation dentistry to make you feel more calm during the treatment process.

However, you may feel slight soreness and discomfort once the effect of anesthesia wears off.

Your periodontist will prescribe appropriate medications and provide detailed guidelines to ease the recovery process. Some helpful tips to ensure a comfortable healing period include:

  • Avoid brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash to kill any remaining bacteria.
  • Avoid consuming hot foods and beverages for a few days. Instead, shift to a soft and cool diet.
  • Avoid poking the surgical area with your tongue.
  • Minimize strenuous activities for at least a week or until healing begins.
  • Place an ice pack on the affected area if swelling occurs.

Final Words

Gum grafting surgery offers effective treatment for receding gums and is not as painful as it may seem. If you have any questions about this procedure, consult me and my professional team at Sugar Land Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. Reach out to us by dialing (979) 553-7252 to schedule a consultation.


Dr. Hiru Mathur

Dr. Hiru Mathur, a board certified Periodontist since 1999, brings expertise in Periodontal & Implant Surgery. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Texas, Houston, she remains devoted to refining clinical skills. A star ambassador for Asian American Family Services, Dr. Mathur is committed to community well-being. She proudly aligns with esteemed organizations such as the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, and more.

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