For patients who are not a good candidate for or do not require soft tissue grafting, Bluegrass Periodontics offers a free gingival graft in Lexington, Kentucky. Free gingival grafts include increasing the amount of hard gum tissue (keratinized tissue) around a tooth. This procedure is best is situations where root coverage in either not the main treatment objective or is not a good solution to your oral problem. When you contact our practice at 859-252-7726, our periodontists can further explain the procedure and discuss a good treatment plan for you. Drs. Elliot Neuman and Douglas Neuman want to give you the care you need.
The difference between a connective tissue graft and free gingival graft is that the former is the better option when there is an esthetic problem or tooth sensitivity. A connective tissue graft covers exposed roots and obtains good tissue blend. One the other hand, a free gingival graft is often performed when you want to increase the amount of hard gum tissue around a tooth, and it is best used in non-esthetic situations. Another difference is that a free gingival graft harvests tissue by the palate; with the connective tissue graft, our doctors harvest tissue from underneath the surface tissue.
Both procedures have been performed by our periodontists for many years and have had great outcomes. Some of the benefits to a free gingival graft include:
- Preventing further gum recession and ensuring the health of the teeth
- Creating a protective barrier of strong, healthy gum tissue
- Reducing the risk of gum recession due to a thin gingival biotype
- Reducing tooth loss
- Establishing a healthy, wide band of keratinized-attached gingiva
- Helping to eliminate the frenum pull
When you contact our practice, we can further explain the procedure and discuss a good treatment plan for you. You may call our office or visit us if you have any questions about the procedure or any other periodontal service. We look forward to hearing from you soon.