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Who is not a Good Candidate for Gum Graft?


Posted on 1/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Image of a woman smiling with a dental professional, at Delaware Periodontics. Gum recession occurs when your gums are pulled away from your teeth. This condition will lead to the roots of your teeth being exposed, which can lead to pain and sensitivity. It can also lead to infection, tooth decay, and tooth and bone loss. However, who is not a good candidate for gum graft?

Unhealthy Gum Tissues


Gum grafts are the best when you have receding gums. The periodontist extracts the graft material from the gum tissues, the roof of your mouth, or another donor. They then attach the graft to the gum area and leave it to regenerate. However, the treatment might not be ideal for you if you have a severe gum infection. The graft will struggle to grow and be healthy when attached to severely infected gums.

Other Underlying Diseases


Some health conditions interfere with the healing process. If you have uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension, you might not be suitable for gum grafting. High rates of graft failure occur in patients who have uncontrolled diabetes. High sugars predispose you to infections, especially at the surgical site. The healing process might also take an extended period. Grafting is also not recommended for people with chronic anemia. You will require a blood transfusion before the surgical procedure if you don't have enough blood.

Chronic Smokers


Chronic smoking affects the rate of wound healing and thus will interfere with the success of gum grafting. A dentist will advise you to avoid smoking or drinking alcohol if grafting is the best option to solve the issue of receding gums.

Patients on Blood Thinners


Blood thinners prevent the formation of clots. These drugs increase the risk of failure of clotting, causing bleeding. The gum grafting process involves harvesting tissues and attaching them to your gums. If your body cannot correctly clot, it will lead to bleeding. If you are taking any blood thinners, it is recommended you cease taking medicine for a while.


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