Gum Graft Surgery

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gingival (gum) recession. In the vast majority of clinical circumstances, surgical treatment of gingival recession is not necessary. In select cases, the gingiva can become chronically inflamed and continued soft tissue damage is observed or predicted. Surgical treatment (gingival grafting procedures) may be recommended.   Gum graft surgery will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss. Gum grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. During gum graft surgery, your periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

What are the benefits of gum graft surgery?

Most commonly, gingival grafting procedures may be used to enhance esthetics. 

A gum graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve the esthetics of your smile. Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health—your keys to smiling, eating, and speaking with comfort and confidence.