Gum Grafting Burlington, WA
Connective Tissue Grafting (Gums)
When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, an option is gum reconstruction using grafting techniques.
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.
Gum recession often results in root sensitivity to sweets and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth/ teeth. When significant, gum recession can predispose to increasing recession and exposure of the root surface, leading to root caries and root gouging.
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 teeth to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.
The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.