What to Know Regarding Gum Grafting Procedure
When the gum tissue starts wearing off and leaving the root of the tooth exposed, a dental procedure referred to as gum grafting is necessary. Apparently, most patients will not actually understand that this is a medical condition and normally tend to ignore signs like sensitivity to hot foods and sometimes cold foods. Gum recession as it is commonly known should be attended to, otherwise, the patient might end up losing the tooth. The patient is required to fully be away of the graft recovery process as well as the procedure.
Ensure you see a periodontist before anything else so that you can have an understanding on issues like gum grafting procedure itself, gum graft recovery process, etc. A periodontist will advise on the different types of gum grafts as well as determine which one suits the patient. He or she will also walk you through the gum graft recovery process and advise on the dos and don’t’s. We look at some of the favourite asked questions about gum grafting.
Another frequently asked question is how do I prepare for gum grafting? There is really not much to do prior to the gum graft. Start by getting an appointment with your periodontist and booking the procedure day. During the appointment, your periodontist will also explain the procedure to your, explain what to expect, how to go about gum graft recovery, and any other essential information. If you will be using insurance policy to clear the bill, this will be the right time to fill in the necessary authorization forms and have them sent to the insurance for approval. You will also discuss the available mode of payment if need be. Additionally, shop for the foods that you will be required to consumed while on gum graft recovery process. This is because most probably you shall be feeding on some soft food for some days while on gum graft recovery process. With the wound in the gum graft area, you cannot be on hard food while on gum graft recovery. It is therefore important to stock your kitchen with the likes of vegetables and other soft foods. Once you come out of the procedure room, you cannot be able to eat until the anesthesia wears off. In this regard, ensure you eat something before getting to the procedure room.
Another question that most people ask is what to expect during the procedure. Most patients wonder if the procedure takes place while the patient is under anesthesia. The gum grafting area has to be numb during the procedure, thus anesthesia is inevitable. The administering of anesthesia is the same as that administered by a dentist while extracting a tooth. Grafting will involve removing graft tissues from one side and planting them on the affected area.
Once the procedure is done, your periodontist will advise on what to do next, food to eat and when to come for follow-ups.