Gum Grafting

Beautiful gums hold a great smile together. They are the foundation for your healthy teeth, and they are often just as visible as the teeth themselves. When you smile, you want people to see healthy gums that suit your smile. When gums start to recede, the gum-line might make your teeth look larger than they are. In severe cases, recessed gums might even expose the roots of your teeth.

Receding gums can be a problem for your health, smile, and self-esteem. Fortunately, Dr. Suzanne Caudry is here to help. With decades of experience, Dr. Caudry has established herself as a leading figure in Canadian dentistry—a pioneer leading the way in the field of modern-day periodontics. Her skill, expertise, and passion for her trade ensure that every patient receives the highest level of care available.

Patients trust her with their oral health, and her professional peers regard her as a visionary in her field. Rest assured, there is no one better suited to aid you than Dr. Caudry. With years of experience to her name and the best team by her side, you’ll get nothing short of the best care available today.


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About Gum Grafting

Do you look in the mirror and see a “toothy” smile? Have the roots of your teeth become more prominent over the years? This might be a result of gum recession—and the solution for that is nothing other than gum grafting.

Many people have heard others mention gum grafting procedures before, but few people actually know what the procedure entails. For those who feel nervous about visiting an oral surgeon, we are here to dispel your fears and concerns. Grafting gum tissue is a fairly straightforward surgical procedure that requires little time. Even the recovery period might be shorter than you expect. In little time at all, you will find yourself able to chew food and drink beverages freely. Most importantly, you’ll feel perfectly comfortable smiling as much as you wish.

Gum grafting (also known as gingival grafting) ) is a type of soft tissue graft used to replace lost gum tissue. When gum recession occurs, teeth lose their attachment which is a natural defence against bacteria and trauma. Recession is always accompanied by root exposure, which leads to sensitivity and leaves them exposed and susceptible to root decay. Recession can be caused by grinding, past treatment with orthodontics (braces), malocclusion, and aggressive tooth brushing. Treatments and habits can be a greater risk for people who, based on their genetics, naturally have thin gums. When gum recession is a problem soft tissue grafting techniques may be a solution.

Gum Grafts Solve Problems

Gum grafting puts an end to hygienic and cosmetic issues that plague people for years—sometimes even decades. It is a safe, minimally invasive, and long-celebrated procedure. In our facilities, it is a procedure performed by some of the finest oral surgeons and periodontists in the region.

A gum graft is designed to solve problems such as thin gums or insufficient gum coverage (recession). A thin piece of tissue is used to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed to cover the exposed portion of the root or to increase the thickness of existing gums. This procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.

Is a Gum Graft Right for Me?

Are you unsure whether or not gum grafting is the right procedure for you? If so, you are not alone. Week after week, we hear from individuals who are unable to determine the best course of action for oral health issues. Thankfully, professionals like Dr. Caudry and her team are available to answer your questions. During your non-referral consultation, we will review your history, examine your teeth and gums, and inform you of your options. If a gum graft seems to be the best route, we will let you know.

There are those who go years without ever learning that they need a gingival graft. They look at their smile in the mirror and simply think their teeth are increasing in length or do not notice any difference in their smile at all. There are also those who know they could benefit from a gum graft, but they are unsure if they are eligible candidates for the procedure. We are here to guide you through the process.

Few people know the ins and outs of the gingival graft procedure-and there are even fewer who know whether they themselves need a graft. Some people simply fail to notice that their gums have receded or dismiss their gum-related troubles as minor issues not worth the time of a professional.

We are here to tell you that even your minor gum-related issues can benefit from the services of Dr. Caudry and her team. Your teeth and gums don't have to make you self-conscious or wary of eating certain foods. We can improve the health of your gums at any stage. Think of it as preventative maintenance! A little bit of time with us today could save you lots of time, money, and stress in the future. If you think a gum graft could be right for you, be sure to reach out to us at your earliest convenience. We'll book a consultation for you to see if you're a good candidate.

Are Gum Grafts Common?

Do you find yourself wondering whether or not someone you know has undergone a gum graft procedure? Do you suspect that it is more common of a procedure than you initially thought? If so, then you are probably correct. Gum grafts are incredibly common—and they’re only becoming more common with each passing day.

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Many people refrain from asking about gum grafts because they imagine it to be a far-fetched and inaccessible surgical procedure. We understand why people might feel this way, but we are here to tell you that the truth is anything but. Gum grafts, as a matter of fact, are incredibly common. Many dentists and periodontists will recommend them to any patient whose gums have recessed beyond a certain point.

Do you find yourself with more questions about gum grafts? Don’t hesitate to ask any member of Dr. Caudry’s team. With us, patient care and customer service begins the moment we receive your call—and it doesn’t end until the final stages of your follow-up procedures.

Can Gum Grafts Restore Gums?

While there are some oral health issues that cannot be completely reversed, a successful gum graft can certainly reverse some adverse effects, primarily tooth sensitivity and gum recession itself. The restorative effects of gum grafts are so remarkable that most people will not even be able to tell you underwent such a procedure. All they’ll see is a healthy smile with a perfect tooth-to-gum ratio.

The reversal of the gum recession will astonish you in the best way possible. Many people cannot believe the positive change in their smile at first glance. What once appeared to be a “toothy” smile now appears perfectly proportioned and healthy. Rest assured, these tooth-to-gum proportions are no accident, either. We go to great lengths to ensure that we restore your gums in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible.

For all the health benefits of a gum graft, the cosmetic benefits are certainly a wonderful perk. Here, we operate with all of these benefits in mind, ensuring our patients get the treatment they deserve. We give you results that promote long-term health and happiness.

Recovering from Soft Tissue Graft Surgery

Do you have questions about the recovery period for soft tissue gum graft surgery? Are you concerned about the post-surgical discomfort? Are you curious about the dietary restrictions associated with the recovery period? We are here to answer your questions, do away with misconceptions, and more. At the facilities of Dr. Caudry, we are always eager to address the concerns of the people in our community.

In most cases, the recovery process takes about two weeks, with each day showing rapid improvements. During this two-week period, it is crucial that you abide by the guidelines and directions of Dr. Caudry and her team. The two-week post-surgical period is crucial to the success of the graft. You’ll be expected to avoid certain foods and avoid any hygienic practices that might put too much pressure on the gums themselves. Before long, you’ll have healed and healthy gums—and a happy smile, too.

High Rates of Success

We only incorporate treatments and procedures with high rates of success. What's more, we only stamp our seal of approval on work that meets our exceptionally high standards, as well. Rest assured, soft tissue grafting is a relatively uncomplicated procedure that promises success. With so much equipment at our disposal and years of unparalleled experience to our name, you won't have a thing to worry about.

Minimal Discomfort, Excellent Results

Soft tissue grafting is a relatively straightforward procedure that promises minimal discomfort for the patient. In most cases, a periodontist such as Dr. Caudry can complete a gum graft surgery in as little time as 90 minutes. The post-operative removal of sutures and future appointments will also be incredibly brief, as well.

With a high success rate for soft tissue grafts, you will never have to worry when you're in the care of Dr. Caudry and her incredible staff. That said, the continued success of a gum graft does not only rest on the expertise of your periodontist. Every patient needs to remain diligent during the recovery process. Doing so ensures that your grafts heal as intended.

What to Expect During the Gum Grafting Procedure

Are you one of those people who worry about the recovery period as much as the surgical procedure itself? Never fear. By taking care of yourself during the recovery period, you won't have anything to worry about.

During the recovery period, we advise patients to avoid certain foods. To protect the surgical site from agitation, we suggest sticking to a diet of soft foods and cool liquids. Avoid hot soups, straws, and food that has a tendency to get stuck in your teeth. When brushing and flossing, be sure to avoid the grafted area. Floss and bristles could easily open the grafted area, which will require further work on the part of your periodontist.

Take Time to Heal

Healing takes time, but that does not mean it takes a lot of time. Most people should expect their gums to heal in as little time as one to two weeks. Many need to schedule follow-up appointments with Dr. Caudry to ensure the complete success of the graft, but this follow-up never takes longer than necessary. As for the scheduling process, it is as straightforward as can be.

Brushing and Flossing

You might want to return to brushing and flossing as quickly as possible after undergoing surgery. We applaud the practice of good hygiene, but we advise patients not to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately after undergoing oral surgery. Aggressive brushing or flossing could compromise the surgical site, undoing all the hard work carried out by your oral surgeon.

You should be able to brush and floss as you used to after the two-week healing period. Your graft will feel unbelievably normal, and your recessed gums will be a thing of the past. To ward off future gum-related issues, we recommend adhering to a rigorous and healthy hygienic routine. Trust us when we say that regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing does wonders for our patients.

Are You a Candidate for a Gum Graft?

Are you unsure whether or not you are a candidate for a gum graft? Have you been able to determine whether or not your gums are receding just by looking in the mirror? The good news is you are not alone. Determining whether or not you would benefit from a gum graft is a matter best left to professionals such as Dr. Caudry and her staff. After carefully inspecting your teeth and gums and performing a thorough overview of your oral health, we will determine whether or not you stand to benefit from this procedure.

A gum graft may be right for you if:

  • You've experienced significant gum recession
  • The roots of your teeth are exposed
  • You notice exposed areas are red, puffy, or inflamed

If you think you need a gum graft, feel to ask us for a consultation. New patients do not need referrals for consultations, and we are always eager to improve another person's oral health. With us overseeing your treatment, you will surely get the care you need.

The Benefits of a Gum Graft

Gum grafts offer numerous cosmetic, hygienic, and health-related benefits-more than you may think, in fact. There are so many benefits to soft tissue grafting that it has become the most common treatment for root exposure and the ‘toothy’ smile.

While gum recession comes with many downsides, you will only benefit from a gum graft. Whether you're insecure about your gummy smile or are looking to ward off decay and inflammation, a gingival graft-and proper oral hygiene-will make your troubles disappear.

Gum grafting is an incredibly safe procedure with a high rate of success and satisfaction. For gums that have receded beyond the point of no return, it remains the best option to improve dental health. When gums are healthy, your teeth have the supportive foundation they need to remain healthy as well.

A gum graft offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Tooth decay prevention
  • Improved appearance
  • Better breath
  • Reduced tooth sensitivity
  • Lower risk of tooth and bone loss

After undergoing your gum graft procedure, it won't be long until these benefits present themselves. The only regret you'll have is that you did not inquire about soft tissue grafting sooner.

How to Care for Your Gums

As you can see, there are many benefits to a gum graft. Some of these benefits are cosmetic, and some are related to your oral and overall health. With proper care, you can reap these many benefits for years and years to come. We will show you all the ways in which you can care for your gums to promote optimal health. With regular flossing, proper brushing, and regular cleanings, you can reap the many benefits of a gingival graft for years to come.

Gum grafts are an effective treatment for gum recession, but they're not a silver bullet remedy.

To combat future tooth-and-gum problems, you are going to have to practice proper hygiene. Your oral health regimen should also include regular visits to the dentist. Your dentist has the tools necessary to clean teeth thoroughly. What's more, they are trained to identify those hard-to-find issues that can evade detection for quite some time.

Reverse Gum Loss with a Graft

Gingival grafts do more than protect the roots of your teeth from future decay and harm. Grafts effectively reverse gum loss. By visiting Dr. Caudry and scheduling your gum graft procedure, you can revert your smile to its previous state.

Do you feel like your smile is a little too gummy? Does it look as if your teeth have grown over the years? Don't worry-your teeth aren't getting bigger. The problem is that your gums are receding. When it comes to a problem like that, there is no better solution than a gum graft. And as one of the most sought-after periodontists in the GTA, who better to carry out your grafting procedure than Dr. Caudry and her team?

Gum grafts are essential in reversing severe gum loss. Additionally, they can be a crucial part in the treatment of gingivitis and periodontal disease, as well as in lowering the chances of oral inflammations and infections. To discover all that a gum graft can do for you, feel free to contact us and book a consultation. We will address all your concerns and answer any questions you might have. Do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Why Choose Dr. Caudry?

So, you have made the decision to address your receding gums-now what? With so many periodontists to choose from, it can be hard to know which to call. We suggest narrowing your search down to one of the most decorated and experienced oral surgeons in your region. At the top of that short list, you'll see the name of Dr. Suzanne Caudry.

Experienced, knowledgeable, and professional, Dr. Suzanne Caudry has dedicated her life to advancing the field of dentistry. After completing a Ph.D. in Microbiology at Australia's La Trobe University, Dr. Caudry pursued a Doctorate of Dental Surgery at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Not willing to stop there, she then specialized in Periodontics at the University of Toronto.

Her ambition and commitment to her craft have kept her at the forefront of periodontics since the very beginning. In fact, Dr. Caudry was one of the first oral surgeons in North America to be trained in the ways of computer-guided surgery. A born innovator, she combines time-tested expertise with the latest technology to deliver the highest standard of care possible.

Improving Your Gums, Your Smile, and Your Life

We pride ourselves on our ability to conduct procedures that improve the lives of our clients. A gum graft protects the roots of your teeth, the surrounding gum area, and so much more. Think of the grafted soft tissue as a bacteria barrier.

With improved teeth and gums, it isn't just your oral health that improves. Your smile and your self-confidence also improve dramatically too. With restored gums and a renewed sense of self, you'll be ready to face the world with a smile-and you will have our team to thank for it.

Embracing the Latest Periodontal Technologies

Dr. Caudry broke into the world of restorative dentistry with the goal to improve the lives of patients. By embracing computer-guided methods earlier than most, she has garnered a reputation for operating at the forefront of her field. As the years go by, Dr. Caudry only continues to implement technologies and methods that improve the overall patient experience.

We are continually investing in our equipment, services, and personnel to improve patients' experiences. We are on the cutting edge of integrating digital workflows into the way we perform our operations, helping us improve recovery times, enhance safety, and reduce client discomfort. With us, you can rest easy knowing you're in the hands of trained, certified specialists committed to your well-being.

When you want to work with celebrated oral surgeons that blend the time-honored traditions of their practice with the latest technologies, we are the ones to work with. Our multi-faceted and enriched approach ensures surgical success. You'll be more than impressed with the forward-thinking nature of our team.

We offer:

  • Computer-assisted surgery
  • Patient-focused dental care
  • State-of-the-art digital dental impressions
  • On-site medical anesthesiologists

Rest assured: We always act with care, due diligence, and your best interests at heart. At our practice, your needs come first.

Your Options for Gum Grafting

No two patients are alike. For this reason and more, we specialize in several approaches to the gum graft procedure. The approach that works best for you depends entirely on the state of your gums, your bill of health, and other mitigating factors. Our adaptable nature ensures that you receive nothing less than the care you deserve.

The gingival graft can be obtained in two ways: either your own tissue (taken from the palate) or donated dermal tissue (Allograft). Despite the differences between these two grafts, they achieve very much the same result. The differences lie in the patient's recovery process and invasiveness of the procedures themselves.

The traditional treatment involves using the patient's own tissue. This technique often gives the best surgical outcomes. However, an additional surgery site can cause considerable discomfort and a longer healing time for the patient. Allografts are an attractive and less invasive alternative. It involves using donated dermal tissue. Recent advancements in Allografts have improved surgical outcomes and so considerably decreased patient post-up pain. We always use the most advanced products available for the best possible surgical outcomes.

You will have your unique treatment plan and the choice of donor tissue to achieve the best possible result will be discussed. We want to ensure the most comfortable treatment for you.

Sedation for Gum Grafts

We work with many patients who experience anxiety upon sitting in the dentist's chair. For those who would prefer, we offer customizable sedation options. With a mild sedative, your concerns will melt away. You will find yourself in a state of relaxation.

For more intensive gum graft procedures, sedation may be the attractive option for most. A mild sedative will make the lengthy procedure go by quickly as the grafting process can take up to three hours. Rather than scheduling multiple sessions for several grafting procedures, we will be able to complete all the necessary work in one sitting.

For more routine grafting procedures, we typically provide patients with a local anesthetic that numbs the surgical site. Once we have numbed the area, you will only feel slight pressure over the duration of the procedure. After completing the graft, we will provide you with information about suitable painkillers, should you need them during the recovery period.

Swift and Efficient Gum Graft Procedures

We have ascended the ranks of oral surgery by paying attention to the needs and wants of patients old and new. A chief concern of our clientele is the length of time that procedure takes. After all, few people want to sit in a dentist's chair any longer than necessary.

With us overseeing the gum grafting procedure, you will never have to wait a long time before you can leave our facilities. We will make sure that your gum graft only takes as long as necessary.

Gum grafting surgery takes approximately one hour for 1-3 teeth. After we have completed the grafting procedure and inspected the graft site carefully, we will send the patient home with all the information needed to properly care for their gums in the post-operative stages. The patient must be on a soft food diet for 6 weeks afterwards. After this time the gums are functionally the same as pre-surgery. Full recovery takes about one year and tissues can continue to grow throughout the first year.

After the gums have fully healed, we strongly recommend you adhere to a strict hygienic regimen to ensure the continued health of your teeth and gums. Should you have any questions about proper oral care practices, do not hesitate to contact us.

Learn More About Gum Grafts Today

Would you like to find out if you are a candidate for a gingival graft? Would you like to schedule your consultation as soon as possible? All you have to do is contact us-simple as that.

Our front office team will assist with scheduling your appointments and processing dental insurance claims. We will answer all your questions and concerns before any treatment begins. We strive to ensure our patients receive the most conservative treatment plan that will lead to the best treatment outcome. You do not need a referral to have a consultation.

Our phone number is (416) 928-3444 and we are always ready to take your call.

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