Gum Grafts: Repair Your Gums

When you look in the mirror, do you notice that your gums are getting shorter? Are you noticing the root surfaces of your teeth are showing? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you may be experiencing what is called Receding Gums. Continue reading to learn more about gum grafts and how to treat receding gums.

The pictures to the right show an exposed root surface in the mouth of this patient. When this occurs, your teeth may become more sensitive and are more prone to decay. Other side effects that may occur include loss of bone, bad breath, and even loss of teeth. By completing a gum graft, the gum recession has been resolved and the gum line has been repaired to its natural setting. 

Schedule a consultation with our team to discuss if a gum graft is the right course of action to repair your smile. 

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What Causes Receeding Gums?




Why Fix Receding Gums

It is important to fix receding gums for several reasons. If left untreated you can experience increased sensitivity, decay can form on the root surface of the tooth, and eventually, you could lose the tooth altogether. 

Treatment for Receeding Gums

Gum Grafting is the most effective way to repair the gumline from recession. Gum grafting is a procedure performed by a highly trained, specialized doctor, that places a graft over the problem area and naturally, your gums will accept this tissue and regrow.

Types of Gum Grafts

1. Donor Tissue Gum Graft (Alloderm) or Pinhole Procedure – This type of gum grafting is the least painful type of gum grafting because the tissue is used by a donor, eliminating the need to remove it from the roof of your mouth. Although this procedure is less painful it can have a slightly decreased chance of success because it is not your own tissue.

2. Connective Tissue Grafting – To perform this type of graft your surgeon will collect the middle layer of tissue from the roof of the mouth and suture close the surface layer to leave nothing exposed. This type of procedure tends to be less painful since the area can be sutured closed.

3. Free Gingival Graft -This type of gum graft requires your surgeon to harvest the donor tissue from the surface of the roof of the mouth where it cannot be sutured closed like a connective tissue graft. This results in the gum tissues underneath the site being completely exposed and therefore increasing the chance of pain.

Healing Timeline