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 option.

When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices 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 may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.

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

The Perico Group

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I didn't know what to expect since this was my first time to this office and having this procedure, but the dentist and staff were so kind, and made me feel very comfortable. I would like to add that it was really nice of the Dr. Wise to call me the night after my procedure to check on how I was doing -- not many will do this. Thank you!

- Lidio F

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I was very nervous about my gum graft. The procedure was surprisingly quick and painless. My surgeon was wonderful. It was so clear that he knew his stuff and takes pride in his work. There was not a single staff member I encountered at their office that was less than lovely. Top notch practice.

- Pamela G

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