Gum Grafting

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.

An real example of gum recession   A corrected gum line recession after gum grafting
before and after gum grafting

Gum Grafting Overview

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Gum Grafting Overview

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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.

Carroll Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Kleinman and his staff made me feel welcomed and at ease about my first appointment. I went in for a consultation about my recession and he explained how bad it was and that he needed to do gum grafting. He told me to get it done as soon as possible, I was a little worried about it but the way he explained it made me feel better. His staff was very helpful in helping me schedule for my procedures and that's why I will go to Dr. Kleinman because the office is very friendly and welcoming. I definitely recommend.

- Katie H

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This is the best dental office I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The staff are professional and very compassionate. Dr. Kleinman is an expert in his field and very compassionate. He takes pride in his work and has completely restored my gums. I would highly recommend this great office to anyone. Thank you.

- Timothy K

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