Loss of gum tissue around the teeth, leading to root exposure can be caused by multiple factors such as abrasive tooth brushing, muscle attachments, genetic predisposition to having thin gum tissue, and as a reaction to a foreign body; such as a dental restoration. Gum grafting can be performed in order to achieve two main goals: to thicken the gum tissue and to completely or partially cover the roots. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions, please give us a call for a a comprehensive full mouth examination:
- Gum Recession
- Root Sensitivity
- Thin/ fragile gum tissue
- To ease the ability to control oral hygiene due to access or sensitivity when brushing.
During gum graft surgery, Dr. Cohen will harvest gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.
A gum graft can reduce further recession and bone loss by thickening the tissue you have. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile. Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.