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Five Benefits of the All-On-4 Treatment Method

Advances in dental implant materials and technology now allows us to replace an entire arch of teeth with much fewer implants. In the past, we would have to place more implants to reconstruct a single jaw, which means it would be more expensive. The All-on-4 treatment is not only more cost effective, but has many other benefits as well!

Five Benefits to the All-On-4 Treatment method include:

  • Replacement teeth are permanent. No adhesives necessary!
  • With the specialized implant design, bone grafting may not be necessary.
  • Your restored smile will look, feel, and function naturally.
  • Only 4 implants are needed to restore an entire arch, upper, or lower.
  • You can eat all of your favorite foods without fear of displacing prosthetics.

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Oral Surgery Procedures You Should Never Wait On

Your oral health often gets put on the back-burner. With busy lives, many patients procrastinate, putting off necessary care and prevention until they have a serious dental problem. Many patients believe specialized treatments like oral surgery can wait until the timing is better, but there are times when your oral health needs to be a top priority, such as when teeth are severely damaged or painful.

If you have a bothersome dental problem, don’t delay treatment. Call Hill Country Oral Surgery to learn more about how we can help you.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

If you need your wisdom teeth taken out, earlier is better than later. Extraction gets difficult as you get older and the risk of complications can increase in older adults. The average age at which patients have their third molars removed is between 15-20. Timing varies substantially, and you may need yours out sooner or later. Schedule an appointment with us to find out when and if you need wisdom tooth removal.

Delaying your wisdom tooth surgery can lead to complications including:

  • Infection – Wisdom teeth may only erupt partially, depending on their angle and position within the bone. Bacteria and food can become trapped in the gum tissues around a partially emerged tooth, leading to painful infections and related health problems, such as bone loss.
  • Shifting Alignment – If your teeth are beautifully aligned, and you have no room in a jaw arch to accommodate new molars, the emergence of wisdom teeth will cause bothersome dental crowding,
  • Decay – Wisdom teeth are often difficult to keep clean because they are located far back in the jaw. This can lead to the development and spread of tooth decay.
  • Cysts – Some patients develop cysts around their impacted wisdom teeth. These can damage teeth, bone, and the jaw.

We recommend that all patients receive proper screening to determine if wisdom tooth removal is needed. An examination and X-rays can help us determine if you need your wisdom teeth taken out. We can also help you figure out the appropriate timing for your procedure.

Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth is stuck in hard or soft tissue and is unable to erupt. Wisdom teeth are most commonly impacted, but they aren’t the only teeth that experience this issue. At Hill Country Oral Surgery, we often treat impacted canines. Unlike wisdom teeth that aren’t necessary for routine oral function, the canines are a necessary part of your dental arch and bite. Whenever possible, impacted canines are preserved and brought into proper position, not removed.

Quickly treating impacted canines is essential. There is a limited window for treatment, and once it passes, the teeth cannot be saved. The earlier we begin treatment, the better our chances for success. Early treatment also means less invasive care.

Often, canine teeth become impacted because they are blocked by retained baby teeth or tightly crowded adult teeth. By removing select teeth, we can clear a path for a natural eruption. This works best if the necessary teeth are removed before age 11-12. In the early teens, we may be able to pull the impacted teeth into proper position and have patients visit orthodontists for appliances that can include a small chain and bracket. By the early 30s, the impacted canine is often fused permanently into the jaw. At this point, extraction is needed. A dental implant or fixed bridge can be used to fill in the missing space on the arch after removal.

If you have impacted canines, the clock is ticking. Don’t wait to consult with an oral surgeon about your options.

Apicoectomy

Root canals removed infected tissue from the inside of the tooth, but they may not be thorough enough is the infection has moved beyond the roots of teeth. If this is the case for you, you may need an Apicoectomy, also known as root-end surgery. This procedure may be able to salvage a deeply infected tooth, preventing the need for extraction and replacement.

Facial Trauma

When a traumatic injury occurs, it is always an emergency. At Hill Country Oral Surgery we are uniquely qualified and extensively trained to treat facial trauma. This includes:

  • Facial lacerations
  • Intra-oral lacerations
  • Avulsed teeth (knocked out)
  • Fractured facial bones
  • Fractured jaws (upper and lower)

Timely treatment improves outcomes. If you experience facial trauma from a vehicle accident, sports injury, accidental fall, work-related injury, contact us as soon as possible to explore your treatment options.

Dental Implants

If you’ve lost a tooth or had it extracted, start exploring dental implants as soon as possible. Without a tooth in place, the supporting bone begins to deteriorate. If you wait too long for dental implants, there may be insufficient bone to support the implant and overall oral health. When this occurs, patients require bone grafting before their implants can be placed.

If you’ve lost a tooth and are considering implants, don’t wait. Placing your implants shortly after tooth removal and healing provides the best results, minimizing the need for bone grafting. Once placed, implants stimulate the bone, much like a natural tooth, ensuring that the jaw remains strong and healthy.

Don’t procrastinate when it comes to your oral health. If you need to see an oral surgeon for any of the procedures above, call us today and schedule your consultation.

School’s Out and Your Wisdom Teeth Should Be Too

School, sports, and homework fill the calendar during the school year, leaving little time for necessary dental care. Summer vacation, however, presents the perfect opportunity to schedule wisdom teeth removal. When the procedure is scheduled over summer break, patients recover with ease, without worrying about missed school or having to go back to class when they still don’t feel great. If it’s time for your child – or even you – to have your wisdom teeth removed, call and schedule a consultation at Hill Country Oral Surgery.

At What Age Should Wisdom Teeth be Extracted?

Wisdom tooth removal is a common rite of passage for high school students. We typically recommend patients consult with their dentist or oral surgeon early to determine when and if removal is needed. The average patient will need to have these third molars extracted sometime between the ages of 15-20. Since the late teens and early 20s are an important time for education, it can be challenging to fit wisdom tooth removal in during the school year.

If you haven’t spoken to your dentist about your wisdom teeth, see us. A careful examination and a series of X-rays can help us get a better idea of how third molars are positioned and in what direction they are moving.

Downtime after Wisdom Tooth Removal: What to Expect

Should you schedule your child’s wisdom tooth removal this summer or wait until the school year starts again? Summer is a convenient time for many of our patients, but since downtime is minimal, this procedure can be performed throughout the school year as well. Recovery timelines vary depending on the complexity of your extraction.

Most patients require at least three days of downtime. During this initial period, prescription pain medication may be needed to manage discomfort. We don’t recommend going to school or work during this time. To reduce time off, many patients schedule their procedures for the end of the week and use the weekend as part of their recovery period.

High school and college sports can complicate wisdom tooth removal. Most patients need at least a week off from strenuous physical activities. You may be sore for the first week or two after surgery. This shouldn’t interfere with your daily activities, like school, but heavy exercise should be avoided until you’re cleared to resume more strenuous activities. Try to schedule your procedure around important sporting events or seasons. Many of our student-athletes have summers off and can get their wisdom teeth removed without missing critical events.

Don’t Wait for Extraction!

The teenage years are busy, but that shouldn’t mean putting-off important procedures like wisdom tooth removal. If you’ve been told you need your wisdom teeth out, schedule your procedure this summer. Waiting to remove your wisdom teeth can lead to oral health complications like:

  • Tooth Decay – Wisdom teeth can be difficult to keep clean. This can lead to changes in the bacterial balance in the mouth. Keeping your wisdom teeth in when they need to come out can lead to cavities and decay that affect your other teeth too.
  • Changes to Alignment – If there isn’t room for your wisdom teeth in the jaw, they’ll push and squeeze to make a space. This can cause your other teeth to shift, changing dental alignment and crowding other teeth.
  • Infection – Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can become infected as bacteria collect around soft tissue. If infection sets in, you may experience severe pain and potentially dangerous health complications.
  • Difficult Removal Later – Wisdom teeth can be more difficult to remove later in life and the risk of complications increases, especially for older adults. If your teeth are going to cause problems later, it is often best to remove them sooner.

If you or your child need your wisdom teeth out, don’t delay this important procedure. Call Hill Country Oral Surgery in Austin, TX to determine if this procedure is necessary and when.

Do You Need Wisdom Tooth Removal This Summer?

Summer goes by so quickly. If your child needs tooth extraction this year, call us today and schedule your consultation. We’ll explain options for wisdom tooth extraction and help you plan for the surgery and recovery period. Many of our wisdom tooth extraction patients are teenagers, and we welcome questions from both parent and patient throughout the process. Call today and your wisdom teeth out while school is out.

5 Facts About Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth, often called third molars, are the final four teeth that erupt into the mouth. More times than not, there is not enough room for these teeth to come into the correct position, and many times they don’t emerge in a way that allows for proper cleaning and hygiene maintenance. If these malpositioned teeth are not removed, damage to the neighboring teeth can occur. Below are 5 important facts to know about wisdom teeth extraction!

The Effects of Tooth Loss on Your Health and Appearance

 

Losing even a single tooth can have a major impact on your health and appearance. Often the full consequence of losing a tooth isn’t realized immediately as these changes are subtle and occur over time. The good news is, with modern dental restoration, we can we can eliminate many of the negative effects of missing teeth, improving both health and appearance. Are you missing teeth? Learn how your missing teeth are impacting your life and then call our offices to learn about your options for dental restoration.

Loss of Dental Stability

Your teeth work together, supporting and helping to keep each other in place. When you lose a tooth, a hole opens up, allowing the surrounding teeth to shift and move positions. This can cause alignment issues and over time can affect how your teeth fit together and how you chew your food.

Bone Loss

Chewing is essential for good dental health. Your teeth help to maintain the strength of the bone that supports them. Chewing forces help keep the bone strong and dense. If you lose a tooth, the supporting bone slowly begins to atrophy. This can make dental implants and other restoration options more difficult in the future.

If it has been a long time since you lost a tooth, your bone has likely degenerated significantly. Often bone grafting is needed for successful dental implants.

Gum Recession

As the bone shrinks, so do the gum tissues. Your gums may become thinner and more delicate over the area where there is a missing tooth. Thinning gums are easily inflamed and injured by dentures and false teeth.

Changes to Facial Appearance

Missing teeth affect your appearance by more than just your smile. Bone and tooth loss can accelerate facial aging, changing the overall structure of your face. Changes to the appearance of the lips, chin, and nose are common after tooth loss. By some estimates, losing teeth can add up to 10 years to your appearance. Many patients don’t realize that these changes are caused by missing teeth and attribute them solely to aging.

Difficulty Eating

Are your favorite foods difficult or impossible to enjoy? Many patients that use dentures or have missing teeth struggle to eat certain foods. Don’t let missing teeth make you miss out on your favorite foods.

Lack of Nutrition

Patients that eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains generally enjoy better health. Unfortunately, missing teeth can lead to missing nutrition. Lower intakes of fruits and vegetables are common in denture wearers, often because these foods are too difficult to eat.

Poor chewing performance can also lead to difficulty digesting. When foods aren’t chewed as thoroughly, nutrition may not be adequately absorbed by the body as the food travels through the digestive tract.

Changes in Speech

Your teeth affect your speech. Patients with missing teeth often notice changes to their speech including slurring of certain words, lisping, or spitting. Missing teeth can also cause the tongue to increase in size, further affecting speech difficulties.

Impact on Confidence

We want our patients to laugh, smile, and enjoy life with confidence. When you have missing teeth, you may be embarrassed of your smile. Missing teeth have a negative impact on both appearance and self-confidence.

Minimizing the Negative Effects of Missing Teeth- What Can You Do?

In a perfect world, no one would ever lose a permanent tooth, but of course, this isn’t reality. Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons including trauma and decay. Losing a tooth is a serious problem, but it is treatable. Proper treatment can help to reduce the negative effects of missing teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth, call our offices to learn more about your options for dental restoration.

  • Dental Implants– Functioning much like a natural tooth, a dental implant consists of a titanium screw that is implanted into the jaw and a replacement crown that is attached to the implant. Dental implants can help maintain bone strength and density and tooth positioning after a missing tooth.
  • All-On-4- For patients requiring full arch restoration, we offer All-On-4 dental implants. Four or more implants are placed into the jaw to support a full arch restoration. This can be a more affordable option for patients that require many dental implants. This isn’t the right fit for every patient.
  • Bone and Gum Grafting- Bone and gum loss are common after losing a tooth, especially if it has been an extended amount of time. Bone and gum grafting can restore bone and gum appearance and density.

Losing a tooth can have a negative impact on your health and appearance, but dental restoration can eliminate many of the problems associated with tooth loss. Call us today and learn about your options for restoring your smile and your dental health.

Is All-On-4 Right for You?

 

Missing teeth aren’t just a cosmetic issue. If you have damaged or missing teeth, you may struggle to chew and enjoy your food or feel self-conscious whenever you smile. Don’t let missing teeth control your life any longer. Now, more than ever, you have options available for treating missing and damaged teeth. Dental implants are a popular choice but can be expensive and time-consuming, especially when full arch replacement is needed. All-On-4 is another option available for full mouth teeth replacement. Is All-On-4 right for you? Learn more about this treatment below and then call our offices for personalized advice about the best restorative dentistry options for your situation.

What Is All-On-4?

For patients with extensive dental restoration needs, All-On-4 offers full arch replacement with fewer dental implants. This makes it more affordable and achievable to use dental implants for replacing a considerable number of teeth. A full arch dental restoration is created and then attached to the jaw using four or more implants. The restoration is fixed, is not removable, and can restore both function and appearance to the treated arch. At Hill Country Oral Surgery we like to call this procedure Full Arch Dental Rehabilitation.

Your treatment will be customized to your needs. Many patients only require four implants to support a full arch of teeth, but more implants may be needed. Placing sufficient implants to properly support the restoration is essential for long-lasting results following this procedure.

How Long Does the Extraction and Replacement Process Take?

You may have heard the term “Teeth in a Day” referring to the dental implant process. This term can be a little deceptive and doesn’t accurately describe the full process for implants or Full Arch Dental Rehabilitation. It is true that many patients will be able to remove and temporarily replace their teeth in a single day, but additional appointments and a recovery period will be needed before the full restoration is complete.

When we can, we perform any needed extractions and place dental implants and a temporary restoration in one day. During this initial surgical appointment, we’ll secure a temporary set of teeth into the implants. These temporary teeth will be fixed in place and you will not be able to remove them yourself. These temporary teeth allow you to “test drive” your new smile. Once you’ve healed from surgery, you’ll be able to eat and use these teeth, evaluating their function and appearance. We’ll meet with you before fabricating your permanent teeth to discuss any changes you would like to make. This ensures that your final teeth will meet your specific needs and desires.

Unfortunately, not every patient is a good candidate for removal and replacement in a single day. Sometimes there are other structures in the way that must be treated prior to placing implants. Some patients have been without their teeth for many years and require bone or gum grafting. Many factors affect the placement and timing of implants.

From start to finish, the full restoration process can take several months as you prepare for your initial surgery, recover from surgery, and wait for the final placement of your permanent teeth. Teeth in a day isn’t always possible, but we’re creating something lasting. It may take longer than a day, but you’ll hopefully enjoy your new smile for the rest of your life. Take the time to do things right.

Is All-On-4 Right for Me?

All-On-4 dental restoration makes full arch restoration a possibility for many patients that would be unable to afford the procedure otherwise. Come see us and learn more about Full Arch Dental Rehabilitation if:

  • You are unable to eat and enjoy your favorite foods due to missing or damaged teeth.
  • You have extensive dental damage on one or both arches.
  • You are self-conscious about the appearance of your smile.

Come see us to explore your dental restoration options including All-On-4 and dental implants. The best way to determine if you’re a candidate for this procedure is to come meet with us. After an exam, we can assess your needs and make treatment recommendations. Each patient is different and a consultation is the only way to determine what your specific needs are.

Are missing or damaged teeth running your life? Get back in control of what you eat and when you smile with dental implants. Our Full Arch Dental Rehabilitation process has allowed many patients to restore their smile using fewer implants. Call us today to schedule a consultation and learn more.

Make the Most of Your Post-Wisdom Tooth Removal Recovery

Tooth extraction is often a last effort if a tooth cannot otherwise be saved, but in the case of wisdom teeth, removal is necessary as a preventive effort. Many of our patients don’t have room in their jaws for these final teeth to fully erupt. Impaction, partial eruption, and difficulty keeping the wisdom teeth clean are common problems. Without treatment, wisdom teeth can cause alignment issues, foster tooth decay, and can lead to the development of cysts and other dental problems.

At Hill Country Oral Surgery, our expert dental surgeons and caring staff make the extraction process as easy as possible. Call today to schedule your consultation and to learn about your options for wisdom teeth removal.

Healing and Recovery after Extraction Surgery

Taking time out of your busy schedule can be difficult but is important to ensure proper healing. Most patients find that they are back to work, school, and other activities quickly. However, be sure to give your body the time it needs to heal and don’t rush into your usual routines. Returning to activity too soon can lead to complications after wisdom tooth removal.

How much time do you need for recovery after getting your wisdom teeth out? Basic timelines are provided below. Our team also provides personalized recovery recommendations before your surgery, so you know exactly what to expect.

  • Most patients will need at least 3 days of downtime and prescription pain medication. Don’t plan on attending work or going to school during this period. Many of our patients schedule their procedure for the end of the week and use the weekend as part of their recovery. This can mean less downtime if you’re worried about missing work or school.
  • You may still have some minor soreness after you’re able to return to work and school. Minor soreness typically lasts for about a week after surgery. This soreness should not interfere with your regular daily activities.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for at least 5 days after surgery.
  • Complicated wisdom tooth removal may require a longer recovery period.

Your recovery is an important time of healing. By giving your body the care it needs, you can feel confident knowing you have healed successfully and your oral health is protected.

After Wisdom Tooth Removal- What to Expect

Your recovery will progress through stages. For most patients, their comfort significantly improved after their second day of rest.

  • Right After Surgery – You’ll return home shortly after you have recuperated from sedation. You’ll need someone to drive you and help care for you, as you may be groggy. Bleeding is common at this stage, and you’ll need to change your gauze periodically. You can eat right away, even if you’re still numb. We recommend eating and taking your first dose of pain medication before the surgical anesthetic wears off, typically 2-8 hours after surgery.
  • The First Day – Rest as much as you can. You’ll be sore, but you can use pain medications to improve your comfort. Eat, rest, and take it easy. Ice packs can also be used to reduce swelling.
  • The First Couple Days – Most patients can return to daily activities after 2-3 days. You may be a little sore. Swelling and pain will decrease substantially each day after surgery.

Recovery Essentials- 3 Tips for Comfortable At-Home Care

Many of our patients are surprised by how quickly they heal after wisdom tooth removal. Our staff does our best to help you feel comfortable and rest while you are at home. These tips will help you have a better recovery from wisdom tooth removal surgery.

  • Call with any Questions – You aren’t alone during your recovery. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns throughout the recovery process. We want to hear from you if you’re not healing as expected or if something doesn’t feel right.
  • Follow Your Recovery Instructions – We’ll give you detailed recovery instructions with tips for controlling bleeding, what to eat, medications, avoiding dry sockets, and how to carefully brush your teeth. Follow these instructions closely. We have created the recovery instructions to help you have a pleasant experience and avoid complications.
  • Avoid Common Mistakes – Many patients make the misstep of changing the gauze too soon or too often, waiting to take pain medications until the pain starts, not eating before taking pain medications, and getting physically active too soon. Avoid these common mistakes and you’ll avoid uncomfortable complications like nausea, infection, and pain.

Make wisdom tooth removal a more pleasant experience by using your recovery period to the fullest. Contact us to schedule your wisdom tooth removal at Hill Country Oral Surgery, top oral surgeons in Austin, TX.

 

 

Transform Your Gummy Smile with Esthetic Crown Lengthening

Take your smile from gummy to gorgeous with esthetic crown lengthening. This procedure is ideal for patients with large, highly visible gums. Show off more of your pearly whites!

I Have a Gummy Smile- What Are My Treatment Options?

When you smile, what do you see, gums or teeth? If your large gums are overshadowing your smile, you may have a gummy smile. Come see us to discuss your treatment options.

For a gummy smile, one of our favorite treatments is a procedure known as esthetic crown lengthening, a type of gum contouring. This procedure shapes and enhances the gum line contours and trims away excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth. It can be performed on one or more teeth, even the entire mouth if necessary. We recommend this procedure for patients with large, visible gums or for patients with small teeth.

There are many benefits to crown lengthening including:

  • Correct gum line irregularities for a more uniform gum appearance
  • Lengthen the appearance of the tooth
  • Improve the appearance of the gum line and its contours
  • Treat gum disease by removing excess gum tissue and reducing the depth of periodontal pockets
  • Improve tooth to gum ratio

Esthetic Crown Lengthening- What to Expect from Treatment

Crown lengthening is performed in our offices using a local anesthetic and /or sedation. Small incisions are made in the gum tissue and the excess tissue is removed. Some patients will need to have some bone tissue removed. This procedure can be performed on a single tooth, multiple teeth, on either the upper or lower arch, or on the full mouth. The treatment area is carefully rinsed and cleansed and the tissues are sutured. You’ll be able to go home the same day as your procedure.

After treatment, patients report feeling tenderness and swelling in the treatment area. We’ll give you specific recovery instructions and will check in on you a few times to gauge healing and assess progress. For some patients, crown lengthening will be the only treatment needed. Other patients may require other procedures in addition to crown lengthening.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening FAQs

Improve your gummy smile with crown lengthening. Contact our offices to schedule your consultation with one of our Austin, TX oral surgeons today. While you wait for your appointment, check out some commonly asked questions below:

  • How Can Crown Lengthening Improve My Oral Health?- Although many patients choose esthetic crown lengthening for cosmetic reasons, the procedure can improve and benefit your oral health. Removing excess or damaged gum tissue can reduce gingival pockets, areas on the gum line where bacteria can hide, and decay can develop. Exposing more tooth can make it easier to keep your teeth clean.
  • Is Crown Lengthening Right for Me? – Crown lengthening is an excellent treatment option for many patients. If you want to reduce your gummy smile, come see us and find out if this treatment is right for you. We generally recommend that patients be in good health. Perfect dental health is not necessary to be a candidate for this procedure. Many patients use crown lengthening as part of their treatment plan to improve tooth and gum health.
  • How Do I Choose a Surgeon for My Crown Lengthening? – If you need crown lengthening, we recommend working with a trained and experienced oral surgeon. Since oral surgeons perform surgical procedures on a regular basis, they are often better equipped than a standard dentist for complex treatments like crown lengthening.
  • What Is Recovery Like After Crown Lengthening? – Recovery timelines vary after crown lengthening, depending on the extent of the treatment. We may require a soft foods diet and careful dental care for the first few weeks.
  • Is Crown Lengthening Painful? – Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure and many patients experience discomfort, but the soreness usually is very managable. Pain medications can be used to keep you comfortable after treatment. We’ll explain your options for over-the-counter and prescription pain relief before treatment.
  • How Long Do Crown Lengthening Results Last?- Crown lengthening results are long lasting. Once removed, the gum tissue doesn’t typically grow back. Regular dental cleanings, daily flossing, and good home dental care will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Can Crown Lengthening Be Performed with Other Procedures?- Crown lengthening can be done on its own or paired with other procedures. Many of our dental implant patients will use crown lengthening to restore an even gum line after implant placement.

A beautiful smile starts with healthy, even gums. If you have a gummy smile, come see us to discuss your treatment options. Call today and schedule your gum contouring consultation at Hill Country Oral Surgery.

Gum Grafting: Get that Healthy, Attractive Smile Back!

Do you have gum recession? Gum disease, genetics, and lifestyle habits, and other factors can cause the delicate gum tissues to recede, exposing more of the tooth and increasing the risk of tooth decay. Unfortunately, once gum tissue is lost, it generally doesn’t return. Restore function and beauty to your appearance with gum grafting. Learn how this procedure can enhance your oral health.

What Is Gum Grafting?

Gum grafts are used to cover the roots of the teeth and restore a healthy, attractive smile after gum recession. Several options are available for gum grafting, but one of the most common is known as connective tissue grafting. In this procedure, tissue is removed from a donor site, often the roof of the mouth, and attached to the gum tissue near the treatment area. This grafted tissue will take hold over time, creating new, healthy gum tissue and restoring the appearance of your gums.

Since there are many types of gum grafting available and many sources for the tissue, we’ll discuss your options in depth during your consultation. Your treatment options will vary depending on the condition of your gums and your treatment needs.

What Are the Benefits of Gum Grafting?

Many patients choose gum grafting for aesthetic reasons, but looks aren’t the only reason to consider this procedure. A gum graft can halt further gum recession and bone loss. It covers the exposed roots and helps to protect them from tooth decay. It can reduce tooth sensitivity. Improve your appearance and your dental health with gum grafting.

Do I Need Gum Grafting?

For minor gum recession, gum grafting may not be needed. Talk with your dentist about the best treatment options for your gum recession. Once gum loss is more advanced, gum grafting is often the most effective treatment option. You may need gum grafting if:

  • You have been told by your dentist that gum grafting is needed.
  • You have moderate to severe gum recession.
  • You have exposed roots and want to restore a more youthful and attractive smile.
  • You want to improve your dental health after gum recession.

If you do need gum grafting, visit an oral surgeon to discuss your options. Gum grafting is a complex and delicate procedure and requires a highly skilled surgeon for optimal results.

Recovery After Gum Grafting- What to Expect

A successful gum graft requires careful attention during the recovery process. Good surgery alone won’t lead to lasting results if you don’t do your part during recovery. Follow our recovery instructions carefully and get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Be Gentle– During the initial stages of recovery, your graft is held in place only by sutures. It takes time for a biological seal to develop and any trauma, even slight trauma, to the area can disrupt healing and cause a full or partial loss of the graft.
  • Wear Your Palatal Stent- A palatal stent is placed at the donor site to aid with healing. Keep it in place for 48 hours, after which it can be removed for cleaning. After 48 hours, you only need to wear the stent as needed for comfort.
  • Limit Physical Activity– Limit yourself to light physical activity for the first 10 days.
  • Diet– We’ll provide very specific diet instructions during the healing process. Pay careful attention to these instructions. For the first 48 hours, we require a liquid only diet. On the third day, you can add in soft purees. Soft foods, with no chewing on the donor site, can be resumed after one week and harder foods after two weeks. Do not chew on the graft site for at least 4 weeks.
  • Don’t Brush Until Instructed- Do not brush the graft site until we give the go-ahead. After you have been cleared to resume brushing, use only an ultra-soft toothbrush and take care to brush away from the graft, upward toward the top of the teeth.

How Can I Prevent Gum Recession?

After gum grafting, take care of your teeth to prevent future problems from occurring. Gum grafting provides long lasting results and many patients will not need retreatment. Good dental hygiene and proper care of your teeth and gums will increase the longevity of your graft.

  • Brush 2x daily with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Follow your dentist’s advice for proper brushing and flossing.
  • Floss daily.
  • Visit your dentist every 6 months, more often if needed.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Address dental problems quickly should they occur.

Restore your smile and dental health with gum grafting. If you have gum recession, come into our offices to learn more about this restorative procedure.

5 Reasons For Dental Implants

Dental implants are a replacement for missing teeth that resemble natural teeth and are designed to not be rejected by the body. Implants are beneficial in many ways: they help keep the other teeth healthy, will last a lifetime and improve the appearance of your smile. Check out 5 reasons below that you should consider getting dental implants if you have missing teeth!

  • The integrity of your facial structure will be preserved or restored.
  • Your teeth will remain healthy.
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • You will get a self-confidence boost.
  • Dental care is simple and easy.