Gum Recession & Grafts

Gum grafts are one of the most predictable and delicate procedures performed in dentistry today. Gum grafts can help reduce gum recession and bone loss. Aside from a better smile, you may also notice reduced tooth sensitivity and improved dental health after a successful gum graft.

In your mouth, there are two types of gum tissues that surround a tooth. The part of the gum that is around the neck of the tooth called the gingiva and this is firmly attached to the tooth and underlying bone.

This attached gingiva is immovable and tough, and is resistant to normal trauma from eating, tooth brushing, etc. When your teeth have a properly attached gumline, no gum grafts are needed.

Right below the attached gingiva is a looser gum tissue called alveolar mucosa. This tissue is loose to allow the movement of the lip and the cheeks, but is not tough enough to withstand the normal trauma from eating and tooth brushing.

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 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. Read More