At Aria Periodontics, Dr. Korn uses microsurgery to repair the damage, never removing skin from the roof of the mouth to do so. Dr. Korn performs this microsurgery is performed under local anesthesia, and 99% of patients only require Motrin™ (ibuprofen) afterwards. Because we follow the principles of plastic surgery, there is rarely scar. The end result looks so natural that even your dentist might not know you had “plastic surgery for your gums” unless a before photograph is available.
Before the gum graft, we clean any plaque and tarter build-up around the root, gum and tooth. Traditionally after the area is prepped a small piece of gum known as a gum graft is often taken from the pallet attached to the exposed area. While the traditional methods were effective, the cosmetic result does not match that of our preferred micro-plastic surgery method. Since we follow plastic surgery principles the cosmetic result is superior. Most patients won’t have a scare, and the recovery is short with minimal discomfort.
Gum recession is one of the most common forms of gum disease that a patient can see without the help of their dentist. Gum recession is gradual and painless, although the exposed root may be sensitive to cold or sweets. Over time Gum recession causing bacteria to build up which can lead to periodontal disease. This common problem is one of the more “reversible” problems seen in our practice.
After the procedure, we recommend avoiding activity that will aggravate the area before it has properly healed, including flossing of the repaired gum line. If you use a tooth brush, brush the area very cautiously for the first few days. We recommend eating soft foods to reduce the risk of injuring the repaired gum line. It is not uncommon to experience sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages. If you experience any discomfort, we recommend using over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or Advil, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Gum Grafting Micro-Plastic Surgery can have the following impacts on your overall dental health and appearance
Recovering from gum grafting microplastic surgery usually takes one to two weeks. You can resume normal activities after surgery, and you can be manage any discomfort with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or Advil following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Yes, using the principles of plastic surgery results in a superior cosmetic finish that not even a dentist would notice. In most cases, patients won’t even have a noticeable scare.