Gum Tissue Grafting
As people age, recession of the gums becomes a very common occurrence that can result in an exposure of the roots of the teeth or the metal portion of implants. This type of exposure can cause aesthetic issues, sensitivity, wearing away of the root surface, and predisposition to further degeneration. While fillings can be placed to reinforce the teeth in these areas, the teeth can occasionally be left with a longer than normal appearance. Soft tissue (gum) grafting is an excellent alternative that can restore the natural appearance of the teeth and gums.
The process of treating gum recession defects involves mobilization of the gum tissue surrounding the defect and repositioning with the aid of a gum tissue graft. This graft can either be taken from the roof of the mouth or in certain cases an allograft can be used from a tissue bank source. Typically, using the patient’s own tissue is considered to be the gold standard; however, using a tissue bank allograft has the advantage of not requiring a secondary procedure to harvest the graft. As with all cases, we help our patients determine which of these methods will suit them to best achieve their goals.
Initial close up
1 month post-op smile
1 month post-op close up
18 month post-op smile
18 months post-op close up
If you are bothered by receding gums, call us today to schedule a no-fee consultation.