gum grafting

gum graft - why consider gum grafting

Gum recession is sometimes treated by retrieving soft tissue from the roof (palate) of your mouth. However, removing a section of your palate creates unnecessary pain and discomfort.

Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from periodontal disease, and sensitivity while giving you a great smile. Routine dental check-ups along with proper brushing are essential for maintaining healthy gums; however some patients may require treatment.

before AlloDerm root coverage after AlloDerm root coverage

why treat gum recession

Aggressive tooth brushing and periodontal disease are two primary causes for recession, which can lead to the following:

  • unattractive smile
  • root sensitivity
  • loss of supporting bone
  • tooth decay
  • plaque build-up*
  • risk of future recession*

* Clinical Evaluation of 3 Techniques to Augment Keratinized Tissue Without Root Coverage. Harris RJ. J Periodontology 2001; 72: 932-938.