Gum Grafting

Do I Need Gum Grafting?

When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.

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.

Symptoms of Gum Recession

In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When significant, gum recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.

An real example of gum recession   A corrected gum line recession after gum grafting
before and after gum grafting

A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.

The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.

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The procedure that I had was accomplished with almost no discomfort and my healing process proceeded without incident. I particularly appreciate Dr. Turner takes the time to really explain what is happening/ has happened and makes everything understandable. His skill is evident - not only as a top flight dentist/surgeon, but also as a dentist who truly cares that the patient is reassured and made comfortable via non-hurried conversation explanations. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Turner and the entire professional staff to my friends who need dental intervention for whatever dental problems they are experiencing.

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