Gum Grafting New York City and Manhattan

All About Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is a second cosmetic periodontal surgery that Dr. Kissel performs for his New York City & Manhattan patients. Gum grafting treats both the cosmetic and medical side effects of receding gums, which often occurs as a result of brushing your teeth too hard or periodontal disease.

Receding gum lines are not to be taken lightly. New York City and Manhattan periodontist Dr. Kissel uses microsurgery techniques for gum grafting to provide a more aesthetic, easier to heal from procedure for his New York City and Manhattan patients.

What Are the Symptoms of Receding Gums?

Your smile may appear to be all tooth and no gums, but that alone doesn’t mean that you have receding gums. Symptoms of receding gums in New York City & Manhattan patients include:

  • Looking longer, or having gums that appear to be pulling back from the teeth.
  • Having a yellow edge where the tooth meets the gum.
  • Being sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages at the gum line.
  • Having deep pockets of gum forming in between the teeth.
  • Developing spaces between them.
  • Changing in the way they come together while biting.
  • Shifting or moving.
  • Having swollen, tender or bleeding gums.
  • Having pus from the gums or you may have bad breath.

If you are displaying the above symptoms, you should see a periodontist immediately for rooting and scaling, a deep cleaning of your teeth that will rid your mouth of the harmful bacteria causing periodontitis, and even save you from losing jawbone tissue and teeth. Getting a scaling and rooting is necessary to reverse periodontitis, even if you aren’t interested in cosmetic periodontal surgery.

The Gum Grafting Procedure

If your smile is displaying the symptoms of receding gums and you are embarrassed because of it, gum grafting can help you regain your confidence by replacing your lost gum tissue in your mouth. Using microsurgical techniques that result in smaller incisions, an easier cosmetic periodontal surgery and faster recovery time.  Over time, this tissue will grow over your exposed tooth roots and fuse with your existing gums, covering the tooth roots and protecting them from bacteria, decay, and erosion.

What is Gum Grafting?

Gum grafting is a periodontal procedure to heal receding gums. New York City’s Dr. Kissel replaces receding gums with tissue from the roof of your mouth using advanced microsurgical techniques. Gum grafting is performed to protect receding gum lines from bacteria, which can lead to bacterial invasion, erosion, tooth decay, root decay and tooth loss.

Gum grafting, also known as soft tissue grafting or connective tissue grafts, repairs receding gum lines. This prevents further gum recession, bone loss and provides you with a more aesthetically pleasing smile. At Dr. Kissel’s office, gum grafting is performed using microsurgical techniques to obtain gum tissue from the roof of your mouth. This tissue is then placed underneath existing gum tissue. The result is that your exposed root is once again re-covered, and the gum can function properly to protect the root and tooth. In addition to repairing receding gum lines, gum grafting can also eliminate gray pigmentation of the gums, cover up crown margins and thicken up gum tissue around implants and crowns.

Using Microsurgery in Gum Grafting.

In Dr. Kissel’s  office, he uses advanced microsurgery techniques to make gum grafting easier, more effective, less painful and faster to recover from. Unlike with traditional instruments, which can cause significant pain and a long recovery time period, Dr. Kissel’s New York City and Manhattan gum grafting patients report that with microsurgery, they have little to no discomfort during the procedure, and that they heal very quickly and without complications.

To perform microsurgery successfully, Dr. Kissel uses micro-instruments typically used in eye surgery, and clear stitches that will be completely unnoticeable to others. Receding gums treated with microsurgery do not require any dressing.

In Dr. Kissel’s office, gum grafting is performed using the anesthetic Lidocaine for pain relief, and invisible, micro stitches. It takes about one hour to graft a single tooth. The biggest inconvenience of gum grafting is that you cannot chew on the grafting site for six to eight weeks after the procedure.

Side note from Dr. Kissel: I am often asked about using donor tissue (Alloderm) instead of connective tissue graft.  For many years, I used this product when the anatomy of the palate was not conducive to obtaining a soft-tissue graft.  I have found that the material has little long-term benefit.  It does not result in thicker tissue, and the amount of dense tissue is similar to how the patient originally presented.  These findings have recently been supported in the periodontal literature.

Pinhole Gum Grafting Technique

In addition to microsurgery gum grafting, Dr. Kissel also performs the Pinhole technique. This minimally invasive procedure treats gum tissue recession without obtaining tissue from the palate. Learn more about this technique here.

Call Dr. Kissel for Help with Your Receding Gums

If you have receding gums and exposed roots, you need to get them treated to protect your mouth for bacterial invasion and tooth loss. Leaving your receding gums untreated will only lead to further complications. Contact Dr. Kissel’s office in the New York City and Manhattan area at (212) 702-9088 to schedule a consultation with him, during which he will perform a complete oral examination and explain the gum grafting procedure to you.