Gum Grafting

When recession of the gum tissue 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.

Gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and teeth. Significant gum recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface. The root’s surface is softer than enamel, and it’s exposure often leads to root decay and root defects.

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.

Advanced Gum Grafting Procedure


  • allows one or all of the necessary grafting areas to be treated in one visit
  • provides the same gum treatment without the discomfort of taking tissue from the roof of your mouth
  • blends evenly giving a natural result
  • forms a natural barrier to cover and protect root surfaces from decay and sensitivity
Anterior gum recession

Fig. 1 Anterior gum recession

Abrasion causing root sensitivity

Fig. 2 Abrasion causing root sensitivity

Multiple areas of receding gums exposing root surfaces

Fig. 3 Multiple areas of receding gums exposing root surfaces

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