Gum Grafting

Tackling gum recession for a healthy mouth and beautiful smile

Receding gums is a condition whereby your gums start to pull away from the surface of your teeth. When this happens, your tooth roots can become exposed, making them extra vulnerable and changing the appearance of your teeth and smile. Receding gums can be a sign of poor oral health and, left untreated, may contribute to tooth loss.

Early diagnosis is always best, so keeping up with regular and ongoing dental check-ups is key. If your oral health or confidence is suffering because of gum recession, gum grafting may be a solution for you. Gum grafting might sound like a big deal, but it’s a routine surgical procedure performed by periodontists and dentists with training in this field.

Don’t let receding gums impede a happy, healthy smile. Our experienced dentists at our Pennant Hills dental practice offer professional dental care and an exceptional patient experience. We’re here to help you.

How does gum grafting work

Gum grafting is an oral surgery that involves replacing tissue in areas where there is minimal or no gum tissue. At our Pennant Hills dental practice, our dental professionals carry out the treatment with the use of advanced technology, equipment and techniques. 

Gum grafting can help minimise the risk of further gum recession and can cover exposed tooth roots. The whole process is done under local anaesthetic, so once the area is numb, you shouldn’t feel a thing.

The grafting procedure

The tissue we use in a gum graft can come from a variety of places, but most commonly, our dentists take it from the roof of your mouth (palate). They then suture the replacement tissue in place, where it’s required using an ultra-fine material (finer than a strand of hair).

The natural healing process

Once your dentist completes your gum graft treatment, your body’s natural healing process does the rest. It develops new blood vessels that encourage the grafted gum to integrate with the gum tissue surrounding it.

Gum graft treatments in Pennant Hills

Gum grafting aftercare

Aftercare after any oral surgery is important. Your dentist will explain the aftercare instructions to you in detail, but here’s what you can generally expect the aftercare to involve:

  • Straight after your procedure, your dentist will give you a piece of gauze to bite down on for around 30 minutes to help stop any bleeding.
  • If you were under sedation for your procedure or took any anxiolytic medication, you will require an adult to drive you home and keep you company for the rest of the day until any effects have fully worn off.
  • Your lips, tongue and cheek may be numb for several hours after your treatment, so it’s important to be mindful to not bite yourself unbeknownst to you.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth out, drink with a straw or spit for a minimum of 12 hours post-treatment.
  • Using ice packs for the first 24 hours post gum grafting can help to reduce inflammation. You can place ice packs on the outside of your cheek near the area for 20 to 30 minutes at a time every few hours.
  • Avoid the operated area with your toothbrush for 3 to 4 weeks.
  • On the first night after your gum grafting, it can be a good idea to sleep with your head slightly elevated on two pillows.
  • 24 hours post-surgery, you can begin to gently rinse your mouth out with Savacol mouth wash or some warm salty water. We recommend you do this every 4 or 5 hours to help keep the site disinfected.
  • Alcohol and tobacco products, along with strenuous exercise, should be strictly avoided for the first 48 hours post-treatment. Tobacco products can delay or complicate the healing process, so ideally, it’s best to avoid them completely until you’re fully recovered.
  • We recommend you consume a soft food diet (soup, yoghurt, scrambled eggs) for up to a week. You can start to reintroduce harder foods into your diet gradually as you feel comfortable doing so.
  • If you usually wear dentures, do not wear them again until your dentist has advised you to do so.
  • While some discomfort after the treatment is normal, you shouldn’t experience excessive pain, swelling, bleeding or have a fever. If you experience any of these things in the days following your procedure, please contact us.
  • The follow-up appointment with your dentist is usually 7 days post-surgery. During this appointment, they will assess your recovery and take out the stitches.

Common causes of gum recession

Health Direct estimates that as many as 3 out of every 10 Australian adults have a form of gum disease, including gum recession. Gum disease is an advanced form of gingivitis that typically comes about from a build-up of bacteria and plaque on your teeth and gums that’s left to linger.

Receding gums may be also be caused by one or more of the following factors:

  • Overly vigorous tooth brushing
  • Tartar build-up
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Hormonal changes in females
  • Dry mouth
  • Genetics
  • Clenching or grinding of your teeth
  • Illnesses and diseases (like diabetes and HIV)

Where to find us

We’re adjacent to Fitness First on Pennant Hills Road. You can reach us by walking through the arcade from Fisher Avenue Car Park which is behind the practice.
  • Parking is available at the rear of the clinic
  • The nearest train station is Pennant Hills Station – you can view the Sydney Trains timetable, here.
  • For buses and ferries, you can view the State Transit timetables, here.

Contact us

We love welcoming new and existing patients to our dental practice in Pennant Hills. We see all patients on an appointment basis and ask that you please contact us in advance by calling us on (02) 9484 1132, using our contact form, or booking an appointment online. 

Our friendly team is happy to answer any questions you may have.

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