About Gingival Grafting
Gingival grafting, or gum grafting, is a special procedure our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Bartlomiej Nierzwicki, performs for patients who need gum tissue added to their gum line. To improve the appearance of the gums and teeth and to reduce periodontal disease (which can cause the gums to recede even more), Dr. Nierzwicki performs gingival gum grafting in his on-site surgical suite. Some patients are referred to Millennium Surgical to have their "toothy smile" reduced, while others do it to have healthier teeth and gums. If you would like more information about gum grafting, please schedule a consultation at our Chicago, IL office.
"Great surgeon and the staff amazing, made me feel very comfortable and answer all my questions, I'll definitely recommend family and friends"- J.M. / Facebook / Sep 17, 2017
"The staff is extremely respectful and knowledgeable. Both the doctor and assistants provided me with information that was easy to understand regarding the procedure. I can not express just how satisfied I am with my experience."- A.R. / Facebook / Sep 12, 2017
"I came to Millenium Surgical to get my wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Nierzwicki was great and made me feel very comfortable being put to sleep with anesthesia. Not only did that, but he took the time to explain all my options and then the entire procedure and answer ALL of my questions before hand. After the procedure, Dr. Nierzwicki called to check up and see how I was feeling. I felt so at ease from start to finish during the entire processes. The entire staff was very kind and helpful, from Kenya to Maggie. Highly recommend!!"- S.S. / Facebook / Sep 07, 2017
"I was referred by a friend to Dr. Cienawa who then referred me to Dr. Bart - the same day - to have my two bottom wisdom teeth removed. As I have never had even a stitch before in my life, I was nervous about being put to sleep, etc. (especially after the horror stories everyone tell you about getting their wisdom teeth removed!). Dr. Bart led the consultation along with Kenia and went over other options where I could stay awake. Honestly, I think that took more time than the... actual extraction itself! The consultation was thorough and helpful, so when I made the decision it was all green lights. I was truly taken care of - and last minute, which I so appreciate, and was able to not be put to sleep, and still be pain free. I appreciate also the woman who walked me through the billing process and (this is on my insurance more than the practice) while it was a hefty upfront cost, I am pleased with the decision I made (they even gave me a shirt!) because I was able to still enjoy my Labor Day weekend up in Michigan! I would highly recommend this place due to the professional demeanor of the office, the staff, and the doctor. Thank you!"- J.W. / Facebook / Sep 05, 2017
"Very professional place and friendly. I recommend many friends to go there!"- M.R. / Facebook / Sep 02, 2017
Reasons for Treatment
Gingival grafting is a procedure for patients with a receding gum line, where the tops of the teeth are exposed more than normal teeth at the gum line. When the gum line recesses, it opens up the tooth to more cavities, gum disease, and dental issues.
During the Procedure
In our surgical suite, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will excise a layer of tissue from the palate (top of the mouth), and suture it to the gum line where more soft tissue is needed to protect the teeth or root. The extra tissue will grow into the existing tissue over time and create plumper gums.
After surgery, our staff will give you aftercare instruction on how to care for your gums. Follow a regular brushing and flossing regime, and use an antibacterial mouthwash. If our oral and maxillofacial surgeon has special instructions regarding your care, we will make sure to answer any questions you may have. Keep all follow-up appointments with the surgeon, and continue with your routine dental checkups.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
NO MORE "TOOTHY" SMILE
Gum recession is a common condition for adults over 40 years of age, but can happen to anyone at any age. With advanced oral plastic surgeries, like gingival graft surgery, recessed gums can be restored to plump, pink tissue with full function and a healthy appearance. If you would like to learn more about grafting surgery for your receding gums, call and schedule a consultation today.