Gum Grafting And Periodontal Plastic Surgery​​

Gum grafting and periodontal plastic surgery are dental procedures performed to address various issues related to the gums and periodontal (gum and supporting tissue) health. These procedures are typically carried out by periodontists, who are dentists with specialized training in treating gum and periodontal conditions. Here’s an overview of gum grafting and periodontal plastic surgery​

What To Expect​

Consultation and Assessment
The journey to Gum Grafting and Periodontal Plastic Surgery begins with a comprehensive consultation and assessment conducted by Dr. Christos Constantinides. During this initial step, your oral health and specific concerns are evaluated. X-rays and examination are used to determine the extent of tissue damage or gum recession.
Treatment Planning and Anesthesia
Based on the assessment, Dr. Constantinides develops a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. During the procedure, local anesthesia is administered to ensure your comfort.
Gum Grafting
Graft Harvesting and Placement
Depending on the chosen graft type, such as Connective Tissue Graft, Free Gingival Graft, or Pedicle Graft, a small piece of tissue is harvested from the palate or a nearby area. Dr. Constantinides then carefully positions and sutures the graft onto the target area to cover exposed tooth roots or enhance the gumline.
Gum Grafting
Periodontal Plastic Surgery
Tissue Reshaping and Augmentation
For periodontal plastic surgery, Dr. Constantinides skillfully reshapes the gum tissue to achieve a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance. In cases of ridge augmentation or crown lengthening, additional procedures are performed to improve bone and tissue support for dental restorations.
Periodontal Plastic Surgery
Sutures and Healing
After graft placement or tissue reshaping, sutures are used to secure the tissue. Dr. Constantinides provides post-operative care instructions to support proper healing. Follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure the treated areas are healing correctly.

Goals Of Gum Grafting And Periodontal Plastic Surgery

1. Restoring Gum Health:

Gum grafting aims to treat gum recession, reducing tooth sensitivity, and protecting exposed tooth roots, while periodontal plastic surgery enhances the overall health and appearance of your gums.

2. Enhancing Smile Aesthetics:

Both procedures are performed with the goal of achieving an attractive and harmonious gumline, contributing to a more confident smile.

3. Functional Improvement:

Crown lengthening and ridge augmentation can improve the functionality of your teeth and support dental restorations, such as crowns and dental implants.

4. Supporting Dental Implants:

Gum grafting and related procedures ensure adequate gum and bone support for the successful placement and stability of dental implants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.

We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.

Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment planning and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. An approximate fee can usually be determined at the initial visit; but on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment planning can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment.

Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth.

Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.

After tooth extraction, if the walls of the socket are very thick, they will usually fill naturally with bone in two to three months. However, when the walls of your socket are very thin (such as in your upper and lower front teeth), this type of healing will not be as predictable. In these situations, a bone graft is often placed at the time of tooth extraction to help your body fill in the empty socket with bone. This step will maintain the width and volume of bone you will need for implant placement several months later.

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