Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting in Kanata

If your periodontal disease has elevated to the point that it’s been recommended that you now undergo a gum grafting procedure, you may have questions about what this will entail. We understand at Village Green Dental Care that not having answers to your questions can add anxiety to an already worrisome time, so we provide answers to the following questions we hear most often in our Kanata office.

What are the most common reasons that patients need gum grafting?

Although each person is different, we’ve found the most common reasons for gum grafting are:

  • Gum disease
  • Gum recession
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Teeth grinding
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Poorly aligned teeth

Why do I need to have a gum graft?

When gum recession or gum disease are left untreated, serious health concerns such as heart disease are more likely to follow. This is because the small gaps that are formed as a result of the disease can trap bacteria, which can then spread to other parts of your body.

Are there other benefits to a gum graft procedure?

Yes, in addition to protecting your overall health, a gum graft procedure can help prevent your gums from further receding, which means you’ll benefit from additional root decay while achieving an improved appearance of your gumline.

How is a gum graft procedure done?

The procedure is relatively simple and very commonly performed. First, a small pocket will be created in your gum. The tissue will then be taken from the roof of your mouth and placed into the pocket that was just created. From there, the tissue will naturally integrate with your gums to fill any gaps that have been presenting problems for bacterial growth.

Is there anything I can do now to avoid having to have gum grafting in the future?

Yes, the best thing you can do right now is to practice good oral hygiene, which includes brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing, and regular dental exams and professional cleanings at a multi-specialty dentist like Village Green Dental Care in Kanata. That way, your dental professional will be able to alert you if there are any early warning signs of gum disease.