When gum recession becomes a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option. Moderate to severe 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 worsen recession and expose the root surface, which can lead to root decay.
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 tissue around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed root.
The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.
Before & After Gum Grafting