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Tissue Grafting Specialist

Charles E. Dyer, IV, DDS, MS, PC -  - Periodontist

Charles E. Dyer, IV, DDS, MS, PC

Periodontist located in Cypress, TX

Gum recession not only impacts your smile, but it can also threaten the health of your gums and expose your teeth roots. Charles E. Dyer, IV, DDS, at his Cypress, Texas, office, offers patients tissue grafting procedures to improve the appearance and health of receding gums. Tissue grafting is an incredibly effective way to treat gum recession, and Dr. Dyer is an expert provider. To see for yourself how tissue grafting works, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Tissue Grafting

What is tissue grafting?

Tissue grafting is a dental procedure that helps reverse the effects of severe gum recession. When your gum line recedes, the roots of your teeth can be exposed, which exposes your oral structures to harm.

With grafting, you can gain new soft tissue that covers your teeth roots and promotes the improved health of your gum line. It’s a simple, safe procedure that can also improve your smile.

Most patients are extremely happy with the cosmetic results of tissue grafting and notice a big boost in self-confidence.

What causes gum recession?

There are a variety of potential causes of gum recession, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Overly aggressive brushing
  • Hormones (often during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause)
  • Teeth grinding
  • Genetics
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco

However, the number one cause of gum recession is gum disease, a progressive condition that leads to severe inflammation of the soft tissue around your teeth.

How does tissue grafting work?

Before performing a tissue grafting procedure, Dr. Dyer will apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This will minimize any discomfort or pain during the procedure.

Then, using special dental instruments, Dr. Dyer will remove a small amount of tissue, either from the inner lining of your cheek or the roof of your mouth. This tissue will grow back. He’ll use the tissue to graft over exposed roots where gum recession has taken hold.

Tissue grafting isn’t a long procedure. Once Dr. Dyer finishes suturing up the graft, he’ll have you wash your mouth out with antibacterial mouthwash. Afterward, he’ll discuss with you how to care for the graft until it’s completely healed.

Is tissue grafting painful?

The procedure itself isn’t painful at all, but after a tissue grafting procedure, it’s normal to feel some pain and discomfort, particularly if you had tissue removed from the roof of your mouth.

In some cases, Dr. Dyer may prescribe pain medication. However, in most cases, over the counter pain medicine will be sufficient to ease discomfort.

It’s also normal to notice some slight swelling around your gum line during the first few days after a tissue graft. Use an ice pack wrapped in a towel to alleviate this discomfort.

You may also experience some slight bleeding the first day or two after the procedure.

To schedule a tissue grafting consultation, call the office today or use the online booking tool and set up an appointment with Dr. Dyer.

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