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Why You Might Need a Free Gingival Graft

If the hard tissue of your gums has recessed due to periodontal disease, a free gingival graft may be necessary. With this particular form of treating gum disease, Dr. Parsa T. Zadeh uses your own mouth’s healthy hard tissues to repair damage that has been caused by periodontal disease, especially in the case of recessed gums. Wherever there is a surplus of extra, healthy hard tissue (usually the roof the patient’s mouth, called the palate), Dr. Zadeh removes some tissue and grafts it to the site of the gum recession. Dr. Zadeh always makes sure to take tissue from a healthy site in your mouth so that the site can heal properly.

This is an especially useful technique when gums have recessed to the point of exposing the tooth’s root; replacing the recessed gum with your mouth’s own natural tissues helps promote healing of the tissue and serves to protect the root of the tooth just as your natural gums would. This also makes sure that the gum tissue you receive is 100% compatible, as it came from your body. Dr. Zadeh will sometimes use this procedure to prevent periodontal disease from proceeding any further. By grafting the new, healthy tissue on top of thinning tissue, the graft not only increases the thickness of the gums but also prevents the diseased gums from being exposed, helping them to heal more quickly and efficiently.

What Is Involved With Gum Grafting Surgery?

When you receive a free gingival gum graft, Dr. Zadeh will remove tissue from any infected area. During surgery, a healthy section of gum tissue will be removed from the palate of your mouth or another area and be reattached to the site of the recessed gums. A periodontal dressing will be placed over the graft site to help it heal. Patients must not touch, brush or chew on the newly grafted area for at least two weeks until the dressing is removed. Dr. Zadeh will then analyze the results of the procedure and discuss them with you.

If you have gingivitis or periodontal disease and believe that a free gingival graft in Beverly Hills, California, might be right for you, call our office at 310-273-9919 and schedule a consultation with our dentist. Dr. Zadeh and his team will be happy to discuss your options with you.