For patients who are not a good candidate for or do not require soft tissue grafting to cover exposed roots, Bluegrass Periodontics offers a free gingival graft in Lexington, Kentucky. Free gingival grafts increase or put back the protective gum tissue (keratinized, attached gingiva) around a tooth that either wasn’t there to begin with or was lost due to receeding gums. This procedure is best in situations where covering the exposed root of the tooth is not the main objective toward achieving healthy and stable situation. In the first group of before and after photos below, free gingival grafts were first placed around all the lower teeth, followed by a connective tissue graft on the lower front two teeth to cover the exposed roots. 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 will add new tissue that covers the exposed roots of the teeth. One the other hand, a free gingival graft is often performed when you want to increase or establish the presense of firm, protective gum tissue around a tooth.
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.