Gum Grafting

Gum Recession Treatment

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.

For more information about Gum Grafting procedures, or to make an appointment, please call our office: James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry Phone Number 843-795-1111.

Gum Graft Solution

Photo of Charleston SC Periodontist Patricia Blanton, DDS, MS, PHDA gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth (maxillary palate) 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. While maxillary palates generally heal quickly, our periodontist, Patricia L. Blanton, DDS, MS, PhD, typically has impressions made before your surgery so that a stent can be made to cover the exposed area tissue was taken from to hasten recovery even further.

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

Benefits of a Gum Graft Procedure

Photo of patient teeth and gums before gum graft procedure Photo of patient teeth and gums after gum graft procedure
Before and After Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting Overview

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Gum Grafting Overview

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Patient Reviews: Gum Grafts

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