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.
"Fantastic doctor! I had a molar extracted one week ago. I am a patient who suffers from extreme dental anxiety. I went in for a consultation and Dr. Bart was a Godsend. He explained in detail the procedure, gave me a prescription to help with the dental anxiety and the next day completed the extraction in a matter of minutes with no issues whatsoever. I am so grateful to have used his services. Once I left the consultation, I was actually looking forward to getting the procedure done. He listened to my concerns, addressed them thoroughly with his thoughtful bedside manner. His staff was also exceptional. The facility is clean and modern. I felt no pain or anxiety. If I have any future oral surgery needs, I will never go anywhere else but to Millennium Surgical. A week later, I am healing nicely and have had no pain just the normal discomfort which comes from an extraction. Hands down the best oral surgeon in the area."- V.Y. / Yelp / Jun 07, 2018
"Fantastic doctor! I had a molar extracted one week ago. I am a patient who suffers from extreme dental anxiety. I went in for a consultation and Dr. Bart was a Godsend. He explained in detail..."- V.Y. / Yahoo / Jun 07, 2018
"They are wonderful, caring people. I had a panic attack and the nurses sat with me and calmed me down. They are dedicated to their work, and makes sure their clients leave with a smile."- T.N. / Facebook / Jun 04, 2018
"Walk in, quick consult eval & tooth out; walk out. Done. Went to work next day. No problem."- A.S. / Facebook / Mar 10, 2018
"Dr. Nierzwicki and his team were exceptional, professional, and compassionate. I was told about Dr. Nierzwicki from a friend and went for my wisdom teeth extractions. I was called in for the dimensional x-ray and was then taken to the consulting room. My vitals were taken and then I waited for Dr. Nierzwicki to explain my options. He explained the risks of the surgery and provided all the information I needed. I was given the option to remove my wisdom teeth that same day with only local anesthesia, so I went ahead and did it. The staff and Dr. Nierzwicki made me feel very comfortable. I was given instructions on how to take the medications, what to expect, and how to care for my incisions. The surgery only took a few minutes but it went smoothly as Dr. Nierzwicki would walk me through every single step he was doing. This made me feel very comfortable and less anxious. If you need to remove your wisdom teeth or need any dental surgeries, I recommend coming here."- A.S. / Yelp / Mar 07, 2018
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.