Gum Graft is a surgical procedure that helps strengthen and restore the height of the gum that has been lost due to gum recession.
What is Gum Recession
Receding gums is when the gum tissue around a tooth is lowered resulting in an exposure of the root surface of the tooth. This exposure can lead to sensitivity and in some severe cases pain. Root surface is very delicate and unlike enamel which can resist brushing. If the exposed root surface is brushed too hard then it may lead to a cavity on the side of the tooth.
Causes of Gum Recession
- Overly aggressive brushing
- Abnormal tooth positioning
- Grinding your teeth
- Trauma to the gum tissue
- Poor oral health
How do I know if I am suitable for Gum Graft?
Your dentist will help you identify the cause and severity of the recession. Based on your severity, your dentist or periodontist will make the decision whether gum graft will be beneficial to you. But more importantly identifying the cause will help make changes to prevent it from relapsing.
Case: Patient had been experiencing increase in sensitivity with her lower front teeth due to recession exposing the root. She was also very concerned with her appearance of her gum and worried that it will get worse if left untreated. After a long discussion we decided to treat the recession by doing a Gum Graft in hopes to reduce the recession, improve the appearance, decrease sensitivity around teeth and also strengthen the gums to prevent future recession. Here are the before and after pictures taken 4 weeks after surgery.