Minimally Invasive Gum Recession Treatment (connective Tissue Grafting)

Dr. Alice Moran was the first Board Certified Periodontist in Orange County to be trained on the Minimally Invasive Grafting Technique.

For patients who have gingival recession and minimal attached tissue, Dr. Moran and Dr. Wright preform minimally-invasive gingival grafting procedures to restore the attached and natural gum line. A restored gum line not only enhances the beauty of the patient’s smile, it preserves the health of the teeth by protecting them from more bone loss, and reestablishes the seal to prevent bacterial invasion. Dr. Moran and Dr. Wright use micro-surgical instrumentation and advanced gum grafting procedures. This makes the treatment much more comfortable and healing time faster than traditional methods.

Gum Recession

Receding gums can make anyone look older, often cause tooth sensitivity and may lead to tooth loss. Gum recession can be caused by incorrect brushing techniques, gum disease, tooth malposition and orthodontics. Many people are unaware of the condition until their teeth become sensitive to cold temperatures because of root exposure. Others may be concerned by the unsightly appearance of their receding gums.

The standard treatment for receding gums is gum grafting surgery, a procedure in which a section of gum tissue must be cut out of the palate then sewn on to the affected area. Because of the limited amount of palatal tissue and recovery time for the palate, periodontists can usually treat only one or two teeth at a time, and then wait for the patient to heal before treating additional teeth. For a patient with several recessions, the treatment process could take months to even years.

The area of gum recession is numbed with a local anesthetic and depending on the number of recessions to be treated, one or two small entry points about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen are made in the gum area near the tooth or teeth to be treated. A small dental instrument is inserted into the entry point to loosen the gum tissues and move them back into a normal, healthy position. Then tiny collagen strips are placed through the entry point under the gums. The collagen helps to keep the gums in place during the healing process. The entry site quickly heals and the hole is virtually undetectable the next day, with no down time needed for healing. Some patients may experience mild swelling, which dissipates in a few days.

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