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Gum Grafting in Manassas, VA

Gum Grafting in Manassas, VAReceding gums is one of the symptoms of gum disease (periodontal disease) that can be improved through cosmetic gum surgery. Dr. Richard Goldin, a periodontist in Manassas, VA, offers cosmetic gum surgery including gum grafting to patients in need of treatment for their receding gums.

Gum recession is often accompanied by pocketing around the teeth, inflammation, and root exposure that causes root sensitivity. Receding gums can also be esthetically displeasing. Many patients with receding gums are embarrassed and unhappy with their smile. Cosmetic gum surgery can help with esthetics while repairing the pocketing that encourages bacterial growth beneath the gum tissue and covering exposed roots to reduce sensitivity.

There are several types of gum grafting surgeries available depending upon your specific needs. Connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts, and pedicle grafts are several options available to treat receding gums. Dr. Goldin will do a thorough evaluation to determine which would be best for your needs.

Connective tissue grafts and free gingival grafts are the most commonly used gum grafting techniques. Tissue from the roof of the mouth is used to attach to the existing gum line and helps treat receding gums that expose the root of the tooth. This is designed to reduce sensitivity and improve the look of teeth that appear too long.
Pedicle grafts use tissue that is taken from the gum tissue around the tooth that needs treatment. For this treatment, a flap (also called a pedicle) is partially cut back while leaving one edge remaining attached. The flap is then sutured into place to cover the exposed root. For patients that have plenty of healthy tissue available, this is the preferred treatment.

In some cases, grafts can be taken from tissue banks. Dr. Goldin can help in determining which type of gum grafting is best to treat your receding gums.

During healing time, it is not advised to brush and floss as usual and a soft diet is recommended for about a week. Dr. Goldin and his staff will provide specific cleaning and eating instructions along with a special mouthwash to help control plaque.

Call Dr. Goldin, a periodontist who performs different types of cosmetic gum surgery including gum grafting, and schedule a consultation appointment to find the right treatment plan for your receding gums.

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