Dr. McKenzie and his staff provide superior periodontic and implant dentistry to residents of Columbia, SC and the surrounding communities of Lexington, Blythewood, Sumter, Camden and Aiken. Exposed roots can cause sensitivity in teeth and can change the look of a smile. Dr. McKenzie is highly skilled at correcting periodontal issues by utilizing gum and/or bone grafting techniques.
Both periodontal disease and aggressive tooth brushing can lead to gum recession, leaving the tooth root exposed. Exposed tooth roots pose several threats to the comfort, aesthetics and health of the patient. If a tooth root is exposed, the tooth becomes sensitive to hot and cold temperatures of food and air, the tooth may appear long and no longer aesthetically pleasing, and the exposed roots are in danger of decay.
Soft tissue grafts are available to repair this problem as well as prevent further recession, bone loss or decay. Gum tissue is taken from the palate of the mouth or donor source to cover the exposed root, thus correcting the gum line and reducing sensitivity levels. Dr. McKenzie excels in the following types of gum grafting:
Connective Tissue Graft
This is the most common procedure to treat root exposure. During the procedure, subepithelial connective tissue is taken from a donor or the roof of the mouth and then sutured to the gum tissue that surrounds the exposed root.
Soft Tissue Allografts
Soft tissue allografts are typically performed under local oral anesthetic or IV sedation. First, a deep cleaning will take place above and below the gum line to remove any plaque and/or tartar from the roots. A small incision is then made along the gum line to make a space for the graft. The graft is then either placed above or beneath the existing tissue.
The pinhole grafting procedure is unique as it is a scalpel-free and suture-free method of correcting gum recession. In this procedure, Dr. McKenzie works through a small hole made by a needle to gently loosen the gum enabling it to be repositioned over the receding gums. Because there is no cutting or stitching involved in this procedure, patients experience minimal post-procedure pain and discomfort.
Bone grafting replaces missing bone and aids in the re-growth of new bone by placing material from the patient’s own body (or an artificial, synthetic or natural substitute) into the area where bone once existed. The new bone growth strengthens the grafted area by forming a bridge between the existing bone and the graft material. Over time, new bone growth will replace much of the grafted material.
Bone grafts are most commonly used to restore or regenerate bone as needed prior to the placement of bridges or implants.
Contact McKenzie Periodontics Today!
To learn more about gum/bone grafting techniques or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (803)788-0900 or contact us online. We are conveniently located in Columbia, SC and are just minutes from the surrounding communities of Lexington, Blythewood, Sumter, Camden, and Aiken. We hope to see you soon!