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 effective option.

When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so only modifying home care practice is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.

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 will be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.

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