Patients who have receding gums may require a gum grafting procedure to cover the affected areas. Receiving a gum graft may seem like a terrifying procedure for some patients. However, our dentists at Lovett are specially trained and experienced in performing gum surgery. Therefore, you can feel at ease in knowing you are in good hands when you come to our office. Our dentists perform a few different types of gum grafts, depending on your oral health and the desired outcome. If you have plenty of gum tissue, your Lovett dentist may perform a pedicle graft in Corpus Christi, TX, to provide more coverage for the affected tooth.
What Is a Pedicle Graft?
When your dentist performs a pedicle graft procedure, he or she will cut a flap of skin from the gum tissue in close proximity to a tooth that has receding gum tissue. The flap is a pedicle. Instead of completely detaching the flap as in other gum graft procedures, the pedicle will remain attached to the gums on one side. Your dentist will then pull the pedicle over or downward to cover the exposed area of the adjacent affected tooth. Following your procedure, you need to return home immediately. However, if your dentist administers a sedative during the procedure, you will require someone to transport you home.
Recovery from Gum Tissue Grafting Surgery
Your dentist will give you detailed aftercare instructions to help you heal from your procedure. You will not be able to brush and floss the affected area of your gum line. Instead, your dentist will prescribe a dental rinse to remove plaque and possibly an antibiotic to help you avoid infection. For one to two weeks following your surgery, you may have to limit your diet to soft foods like pasta, Jell-O, eggs, cooked vegetables, yogurt, and ice cream. Your Lovett Dental periodontist in Corpus Christi will thoroughly discuss your procedure with you before performing your gum tissue grafting surgery. Following the procedure, your periodontist and our staff members will be available to guide you through aftercare should you have questions or concerns.
Your health and comfort are our top priorities. During your pedicle graft procedure, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area before the procedure. If you experience dentophobia or require additional support to help you feel comfortable during the procedure, we offer sedative dentistry options. Once your dentist is certain, you will not feel pain during the procedure, he or she will begin. A major advantage pedicle grafts have over other gum graft procedures is you may experience minimal pain after the anesthesia wears off. In this case, your dentist will likely recommend using an over-the-counter pain reliever until the discomfort subsides.
Lovett Dental’s Pedicle Grafts Corpus Christi TX
Our modern dental office offers more than pedicle grafts in Corpus Christi. We offer a variety of periodontal treatments for patients who have gum disease or other gum-related conditions. We are also well-equipped and qualified to meet your entire family’s dental needs. Services we offer include:
- Routine checkups and cleanings
- Teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures
- Dental fillings and sealants
- Dental crowns and bridges
- Orthodontics for all ages