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.


A Gingival Graft is Designed to Solve These Problems

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.

A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. Either, 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. Alternatively, a donor tissue can be used to eliminate the need from obtaining the tissue from the roof of the mouth. 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 gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.

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Benefits of Gum Graft Surgery

  • Maintain good esthetics & Prevent long looking teeth
  • Prevent bone loss
  • Prevent loose or shifting teeth
  • Prevent tooth loss
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Why Choose DC Perio & Implants

  • We pride ourselves on an intimate and personalized approach to identifying our patients’ needs and blending that with their specific treatment goals
  • All doctors have 3-years minimum of specialty training and advanced education beyond the standard four years of dental school; this includes the management of challenging, severe ,and complex dental implant cases.
  • Focused efforts on saving natural teeth through a wide range of procedures to rebuild healthy gum tissue that surround and support your teeth.
  • Contemporary therapies to reverse bone loss in the jaw.
  • All doctors are experts in the treatment of oral inflammation and are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, in addition to performing cosmetic periodontal procedures, advanced bone grafting and implant procedures.

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