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Gum grafting for dental implant treatment
To remain healthy, implants need to be surrounded by healthy gums.
There are two types of gum in our mouths:
• the soft gum that lines our cheeks (dentists call this ‘mucosa’)
• the thicker, leathery gum that the teeth protrude through
(dentists call this ‘attached gingivae’).
Ideally we want the dental implant to be surrounded by this
thick, leathery gum.
Often when there has been bone resorption or infections have
occurred in the past, gum is lost or is very thin. If this is the case,
we will need to add more.
This is done by performing a small operation: taking a piece of
thick, leathery gum from the roof of the mouth. This small piece can
then be added where it is needed. The place from which it has been
removed regrows new gum completely within several months. This
area can even be used again for further gum grafting if required.
Where there has been considerable bone resorption, we begin with
gum grafts to increase the volume of the gum, so that there will be
sufficient gum to cover up the subsequent bone graft.

I broke my front two teeth in a sledging accident when I
was 10. Over the years I had crowns, which were replaced
several times, but my gums receded and problems worsened.
My teeth didn’t fit properly and I looked horrible. I’m a
coward with needles so continued to put up with my teeth
[but] I couldn’t bite – not even a soft piece of bread.
I realised I needed to do something, so my dentist referred
me to Elmsleigh House. Tim knew how nervous I was, and
knew I hated needles, so he offered me gas and air, which
was brilliant. I don’t remember having four teeth removed and certainly didn’t feel
any pain – I immediately looked better when I came out than when I went in!
It is the best money I have ever, ever spent – definitely! I was so ashamed of my
teeth – I would always cover my mouth and wouldn’t even smile. Now I smile
with confidence! Everyone at Elmsleigh makes you feel very very special. No one
should ever suffer – everyone can change their teeth for the better!
Mrs Quicke, Hampshire


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