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.

Before: Recession, NAG, & High Frenum
After: CTG #24 & 25
Before: Recession, NAG & Root Fillings
After: CTG on #3 & 4 with Emdogain
Before: Recession, Decay, NAG & Esthetic Concerns
After: Connective Tissue Grafts “CTG” on #8 & 9
Before: Recession, Decay, & NAG
After: CTG on #28 & 29
Before: Recession, NAG, & Filling Removal
After: CTG #10 & 11
Before: Recession, NAG, Dark Roots above Bridge & Crowns
After: CTG #6 & 8
    
Before: Recession, NAG, Severe Root Wear, & Sensitivity
After: CTG on #3-4 & 5-6
    
Before: Recession, Thin Gums, Severe Root Wear
After: Connective Tissue Grafts
          

  

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. With the use of long acting anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication, the recovery is often smooth and most patients have minimal discomfort.

Allografts

An option for connective tissue grafts is allografts which are using donated tissue which is dermis.  This means that we do not have to take donor tissue from your palate.

You can find more information at www.biohorizons.com under AlloDerm.

 
 

Gum Grafting Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the gum grafting process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about gum grafting.

Gum Grafting Overview