Traditional Gum Graft Surgery
vs. Gum Rejuvenation
If you have receding gums treated the traditional way, a piece of gum tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth and moved to the receding gums area. This requires numbing of two areas, can result in significant pain, and requires a healing period of two weeks or more. The Ravon Gum Rejuvenation Method, as a local grafting technique, requires numbing of only one area, and requires only a short recovery period with no stitches, no retainer, and possibly no diet restrictions.
If you’ve been told you need gum graft surgery, you should get a second opinion from a dentist who understands the Ravon Gum Rejuvenation Method and how it can help you. For more information on this remarkable new development in receding gums treatment, please call (949) 556-4588 or contact our office in Irvine for an appointment.
How Traditional Gum Graft Surgery Works
In a traditional gum graft surgery procedure, there are two treatment areas: the donor region and the treatment region. Your gums are opened in the treatment area and cleaned as necessary. Then tissue is removed from the donor region, typically in the roof of your mouth. This tissue is then placed in the treatment region.
Three different grafts are commonly used:
- Free gingival graft: tissue is shaved from the top of the mouth, leaving an open wound
- Connective tissue graft: the surface of the top of the mouth is cut and opened. Graft material is removed from under the surface. The flap is then placed back over the area where tissue was removed.
- Pedicle graft: In this procedure, a graft is taken from the gums nearby. It is only partly cut away, then rotated to the treatment area.
Sometimes tissue other than your own donor tissue, such as an acellular skin matrix (e.g., Alloderm®), can be used as well.
Stitches close the cut in the treatment region. Closing the donor region depends on the type of graft. An open wound is covered with gauze and you will have to wear a retainer-like appliance on the roof of your mouth to protect it as it heals. A connective tissue graft area will be secured with stitches. A pedicle graft will only have stitches in the treatment region.
When a Gum Graft Is Necessary
A traditional gum graft surgery is necessary when you have receding gums and you do not have adequate nearby tissue that can be maneuvered into place using the Ravon Gum Rejuvenation Method. This is unusual. Most people with receding gums have adequate tissue nearby.
Gum Graft Recovery
Gum graft surgery recovery can range from moderately painful to excruciating, depending on your personal characteristics and the type of graft used. The free gum graft tends to result in the highest level of discomfort.
With all traditional gum graft surgery methods, however, recovery is prolonged, taking two weeks or more. During this time, you will have to eat a soft, bland diet. For many graft procedures, you will have to wear something like an upper denture to protect the donor region. You cannot remove it for at least 24 hours after the procedure, and after that you will want to wear it whenever you eat to protect the site from damage.
In contrast, recovery from the Ravon Gum Rejuvenation Method takes only about a day, and you should be able to return to your normal diet the day of your procedure. Discomfort is minimal.