Gum Grafting

Sample of before and after Grafting Procedure 

before graftingafter grafting

Before (left image) and After (right image) Grafting

Improve your appearance

If you notice that one or some of your teeth seem to be getting longer and your gums are pulling away to expose more tooth, you may be unhappy with your smile. Beyond appearance concerns, the further gums pull away from teeth, the looser they can become – and you can even lose a tooth that has no decay at all! The answer to these type of gum problems is gum grafting.

Gum grafting can stop dental problems and gum recession, and improve the appearance of your gum line. Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Perhaps you wish to enhance your smile by covering one or more of these roots that make your teeth appear too long. Or, maybe you’re not bothered by the appearance of these areas, but you cringe because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids.

Causes of Recession:

Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment your Periodontist can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem. Once these contributing factors are controlled, a soft tissue graft procedure will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. During this procedure, your Periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

Benefits of this procedure:

A soft tissue graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile. Whether you have a soft tissue graft to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.

Patient Testimonial

Post Grafting Care Instructions

 

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