Gum Grafting

Soft Tissue Grafting

Gum recession, the process in which the tissue surrounding the teeth pulls away from the tooth or tooth’s root, is very common, affecting almost 10% of adults. It’s a gradual, often unnoticed process that can result from poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease, genetics, or over-brushing. Gingival (gum) tissue is the coral pink, thick, and dense tissue that forms a tight seal around the teeth, protecting them from bacteria and eating/brushing-induced trauma. Mucous is the red and thin tissue found directly below the gingiva.

The biggest concern with receding gums is the risk of decay, infection, and loss that occurs when the roots of the teeth become exposed. If gum recession is detected at an early stage, a minor treatment called gum grafting can stop or reverse the process of recession.

Connective Tissue Grafts

The most common procedure for treating gum exposure is Connective Tissue Grafting. This treatment involves cutting a flap of skin at the roof of your mouth and removing tissue from underneath the flap. That connective tissue is then stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed root, and the flap on the roof of your mouth is stitched back down.

Free Gingival Grafts

Free Gingival Grafts are most often used for people that have thin gums and need to enlarge them. This procedure is similar to Connective Tissue grafts in that tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth. However, no flap is made—the tissue is taken directly from the roof of the mouth.

An real example of gum recession   A corrected gum line recession after gum grafting
Before and After Gum Grafting

Whether you’re dealing with minor gum recession or a more complex gingival infection, Dr. Turner’s unsurpassed level of expertise and experience ensure a smooth and predictable experience with optimal results. Call us today to schedule a consultation! North Andover Phone Number 978-975-1233

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