Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

What Are the Different Types of Gum Grafts

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Gum Grafting New York CityIf you have a tooth that appears longer than other teeth in your mouth, or you see the roots of your teeth when you smile, you likely need gum grafting surgery. This oral surgery procedure, which Dr. Kissel commonly performs on his New York City area patients, is an effective means of not only making your smile more aesthetically pleasing but protecting you from further gum recession, root cavities, jawbone tissue loss, and teeth that may fail and fall out or need to be removed.

What Causes Gum Recession?

Gum recession can occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Brushing your teeth too aggressively;
  • Not practicing proper oral hygiene;
  • Gum tissue that is naturally thin;
  • Tooth crowding;
  • Teeth that are positioned outward;
  • Uneven or heavy biting; and
  • Genetics.

The Two Different Options for Gum Grafting Surgery

When it comes to performing gum grafting surgery in his New York City area practice, Dr. Kissel offers his patients two different options and selects the best option based on each patient’s unique needs.

The first option is to use donor tissue from the roof of your mouth. With this procedure, Dr. Kissel carefully removes tissue from the roof of your mouth using minimally invasive procedures. This tissue is then transferred to the problem areas on your gums, where it is grafted to your existing gum tissue. A traditional method for gum grafting, this procedure does require two different sites in your mouth to heal – the roof of your mouth and the gum surgical site.

The second option for gum grafting surgery for Dr. Kissel’s New York City patients is to use donor tissue. With this option, the roof of your mouth remains untouched. Instead, donor tissue is grafted onto your problem areas, requiring only the gum surgical site or sites to need healing.

Which Gum Grafting Surgery Option Is Best for Me?

It’s common for New York City area patients to research procedures like gum grafting before coming into see Dr. Kissel for a consultation. And it makes sense. Today’s modern periodontal patients want to be as educated as possible, and with access to so much information on the Internet, it makes research easy.

However, while some patients might have a strong preference for one procedure over another, the only way you can be sure what will work best for your unique situation is to see Dr. Kissel. For example, you may want to use your own tissue for a gum graft, only to find out you don’t have enough donor tissue on the roof of your mouth to be a candidate for this gum grafting technique.

Call Dr. Kissel for a Consultation Today

Gum grafts are a specialized oral surgery that requires a periodontist’s expertise to move forward. That’s why the best thing you can do if you suspect you need a gum graft is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kissel.

You can do so today by calling his New York City area office at (212) 702-9088.

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