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

BENEFITS OF DONOR TISSUE

  • 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

Dear our Periodontal Associates Patients,

We are writing you to inform you of our operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 15th, 2020 our provincial regulator, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, provided that all dentists and dental specialists were to suspend routine services due to the ongoing crisis.

The health and safety of our patients and our team is our top priority. This extends to the broader community and our duty to limit in-person contact to flatten the curve. Effective immediately, with the EXCEPTION OF EMERGENCY CARE, our office will be closed until further notice.

For patients who have received recent procedures, the after hours emergency service will remain available to you should you need to reach us.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and keep you informed. We are available remotely and can be reached at 905.279.3364. Your messages will be answered. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Sincerely,
The Periodontal Associates Team

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