Gingival “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.

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.

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The procedure went very well. I wish I started sooner.

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Dr. and Staff very professional, competent and pleasant. I had a gum and bone graft, went directly to work after the procedure and have had virtually no pain at all. However, I felt very comfortable knowing that I could call if any problems arose and they would be handled promptly.

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Dr. Konikoff and his team took excellent care of me during my gingival grafting. They explained everything thoroughly and made sure I felt comfortable. I felt like I was in excellent hands during my procedure and have had a smooth recovery.

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