Gum Graft

Recession is a common condition in which the gums pull away from the teeth, exposing the root surfaces. When this occurs, sensitivity to temperature and touch can follow, as well as a higher risk for cavities on the roots.

A gum graft is a minor surgical procedure that helps to correct recession. Usually, gum material is borrowed from the patient's own palate and transferred to the area where the gums have receded. A good analogy for this is laying down new sod. Just as the new grass eventually revitalizes damaged areas of the the lawn, so too will the borrowed gum tissues blend into the rest of the gingiva and cover the roots. Often times, the new tissues will be thicker and will prevent recession from occuring again.

Check out the smile gallery for before and after photos of gum grafts.