Gum Tissue Grafting
Once the gums have receded, the only way to replace them is to do a gingival graft. Teeth have two types of gum tissue, attached and unattached (free) around them. The amount of attached tissue is important because this is necessary to maintain the tooth or teeth in a healthier, long-term manner. If the amount of unattached tissue is little or missing due to overzealous brushing, orthodontics, or strong muscle attachments a gum graft should be seriously considered. Grafts can also be done for sensitivity or to recreate a smile. In performing grafts we utilize tissue from other areas of your mouth and supplement the deficient area. Newer technology allows us to use donated tissue eliminating the discomfort of harvesting tissue from other areas of the mouth. We will be happy to discuss all of your grafting options with you.