The gum graft, when the specialist dental practitioner deems it to be necessary for his patient, is the layman’s definition for a gingival graft or periodontal plastic surgery procedure. The main purpose behind the provisioning of gum grafting is to cover root surfaces that have become exposed or are vulnerably susceptible to decay or disease. Such exposure occurs when soft tissue within the oral cavity encounters a build-up of keratin. The soft tissue surrounding the patient’s teeth is therefore keratinized.
Keratinized (soft) tissue is also known as gingival. The layman can already give himself a clue as to how the disease gingivitis comes about. And when the teeth’s roots become exposed due to this keratinized tissue, the medical definition is termed as gingival recession. The unpleasant symptom of this is that there will be pain or at least some form of sensitivity. In such occurrences, it is not always necessary for a gum graft to be carried out. In other words, there is not always a need for surgery. There are other less invasive non-surgical procedures open to patients today.
This is, in part, thanks to how far oral hygiene and dental technologies have come. It is sometimes left at the discretion of the patient to choose. This, unfortunately, is influenced by budgetary concerns. But sensible patients should always know that doctor’s advice works best. Doctor to patient confidentiality is one thing to be appreciated but when doctors offer qualified advice, patients should always take heed.
This opportunity to be able to make choices may seem controversial but at least patients are well advised ahead of time. In the event, some of the procedures, as advised earlier do not require surgical precision. The alternatives can be as precise. In one scenario own tissue is required to complete the procedure successively. What happens is that own tissue is extracted from the palette. This alternative procedure is advantageous in the sense that because own tissue is being utilized there is even less chance of invasive diseases being contracted via other exterior sources.
In any case, all dental procedures, whether surgical or otherwise, are carried out in a clinical environment. This means, of course, that surgical or non-surgical procedures are carried out in a controlled environment which is completely sanitized. This environment is bereft of diseases and bacterial factors. Patients today are understandable concerned about what can be done to avoid the need to have gum grafting or alternative procedures carried out.
They may still have unwarranted phobias about visiting the dentist. More specifically, patients have should always be prized, and this is something that any respectable and accredited dental practitioner will be telling his patients in any case, preventative medicine is the best cure. And guess what, it begins as early as brushing your teeth on a regular basis, regimentally twice per day and always after meals. This basic procedure is far less costly and is indeed without any pain.