Gum Grafting in Charleston, SC

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 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.

Gum Graft Solution

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 periodontistPatricia L. Blanton, DDS, MS, Ph.D., 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.

Before and After Gum Grafting

James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry

531 Folly Rd.
Charleston, SC 29412

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