What is Gum Grafting?
Some patients suffer from gum recession. This can be unsightly or cause teeth to feel a lot of sensitivity to cold. Gum grafting is a way to cover the exposed root surfaces and thicken the tissue to prevent further recession.
Types of Gum Grafting
We can use a variety of things to graft gum defects.
- We can harvest a piece of tissue from the patient’s palate. This is a great technique but leaves the patient’s palate very uncomfortable for approximately 10 days.
- Another technique is using donor tissue, this would be less uncomfortable to the patient, but the results are less predictable.
- A third technique and one that Dr. Pollack utilizes often is extracting a growth factor filled membrane from the patient’s own blood. A few vials of blood are drawn from the patient’s arm, and spun in a centrifuge. This process separates the blood components and creates platelet-rich fibrin or PRF. The PRF is turned into a membrane and placed at the recession site. The patient has minimal postoperative discomfort due to this minimally invasive technique and the results are beautiful thick new tissue.