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Receding gums could result from an in-underlying issue and lead to severe gum disease. Removing receding gums can aid in stopping the progress of the disease. This is achieved in various methods based on the extent of the disease. This blog discusses the procedure and cost of gum reconstruction treatment in the UK.

What are Receding Gums?

Healthy gums have pockets between 0 and 3 millimetres and are simpler to clean because they are less likely to get plaque in the pockets that can be formed around your teeth. 

However, Receding gums make teeth appear less attractive. They may also expose the tooth’s roots, which is more susceptible to wear away, making the tooth vulnerable to decayed. A gum grafting treatment can help save a gum line. 

What is a gum graft procedure?

Gum reconstruction or gum grafting is performed by a periodontist (a gum specialist). It is a great way to fight the negative effects of gum disease and help restore the gum’s health to ensure their seal of protection around teeth.

The process removes the tissue from the tooth’s surface or adjacent healthy gum tissue. The graft is then placed or set to where the gum tissue has receded. It’s a quick procedure where healthy tissue within your body is used to address issues and guard your entire teeth against further complications.

What kind of gum grafts do I require?

Many gum grafting methods are specifically developed to address specific periodontal issues. 

Connective Tissue Graft

The periodontist removes a bit of connective tissue and attaches it to the receding gums’ area. Of all the methods for gum grafting, this is the most often used.

Free Gingival Graft

The tissue is taken from the upper layer of your palate and is placed on the region that requires more gum tissue. This method stops further recession by taking a small piece of gum tissue from one area and grafting it on another.

Pedicle Gum Graft

The grafting tissue is gathered near the point of recession with a flap. The flap covers the receding gum tissue, mostly using tissue close to the area of concern instead of another mouth area like the top. 

Periodontists have noted that pedicle grafting is usually the most effective since it doesn’t cut blood circulation in the tissue. 

Alternative Gum Graft

Gum grafting is typically treated with healthy tissue- however, it’s not always practical. In the most severe instances, when a large portion of the gums has receded or the periodontist is required to cover the gums that is larger than five teeth, a different option could be recommended.

Large receding gums would require a huge part of the tissue from the palate that becomes unsafe. In these cases, transplants are utilised to provide complete coverage of the receding regions.

Gum Reconstruction Recovery

Gum Grafting requires a few weeks to recover. It takes several weeks for the gums to heal and the swelling to diminish, and during this time, the graft will change its location. Following that, it’ll take a few more weeks before you can see the full benefits, including the new appearance of gums.

How much is the cost of a gum graft procedure in the UK?

Gum grafting can be a frequent and inexpensive dental procedure that is relatively affordable and easy to do. The size of the recession could cost from £750 to £1200.

We at Post House Dental provide treatments for Periodontitis and Gingivitis. For more details, visit our website!