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When recession of the gums (gingiva) occurs, the body loses one of its natural defenses against mouth bacterial penetration and trauma to the mouth. In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance to the gum and tooth. Gum recession can also predispose patients to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to cavities in the root.
When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction or sub-epithelial connective tissue grafts are good options.
In a gum or gingival graft, a thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth, or gently moved over from a nearby area, to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft can be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.
Yes! The gingival graft procedure is usually highly predictable in its effectiveness and typically results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.
When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost. Our staff is committed to working with you to make sure that minor recessions do not worsen.
We are always pleased to talk with you about how gum grafting can improve your overall health and your appearance.