Gum Grafting

Gingival/Gum Grafting

Gingivitis and, in its advanced state, periodontitis, has a nasty effect on the gums. As gingivitis progresses, more and more bacteria/plaque builds up, causing the gums to stretch. This results in large pockets that, once they are cleaned out, remain on your gum line. These pockets cause the gums to recede, which is not aesthetically pleasing to the eye. When the gums recede, a large amount of the tooth structure is exposed.

The Gum grafting procedure will restore the gum to its natural, healthy state. By using soft gum tissue from the roof of the mouth, the receded gums are grafted. The graft is supposed to cover the exposed tooth, and root surfaces with grafted on oral tissue. Grafting encourages new tissue growth that will enable the gums to return to its original position around the teeth.