Gum Grafting and Recession
Gum grafting is an effective procedure that is used to replace missing gum tissue around teeth. Healthy gum tissue is tightly attached to the tooth and serves as a protective barrier and layer of support for the teeth.
One of the most common reasons for gum grafting is to treat recession or exposed root surfaces. Recession is a common condition that can be caused by factors such as genetics (thin gum tissue), over-brushing with a hard toothbrush, and periodontal disease. Root exposure can result in sensitivity, cavities and esthetic concerns. Loss of healthy gum tissue may lead to discomfort, decreased stability of teeth and ultimately tooth loss if untreated.
Unfortunately, gum tissue will not regrow or regenerate and must be treated with a surgical procedure. We use a variety of grafting materials including patient tissue and donor tissue to reestablish the healthy gum tissue barrier and cover the exposed root surfaces. Dr. Laborde will discuss the treatment options available and recommend the best option for each patient.
The gum grafting procedure is completed in the office and can be done with local anesthesia or using one of our sedation options available to increase patient comfort. The graft is usually secured with very small sutures and must be treated carefully for the first 2 weeks of healing.
Gum grafting is also used to improve gum tissue around implants and bridges.
Contact our office to set up a consultation if you have been referred for gum grafting or have concerns about the health of your teeth and gums. Dr. Laborde will perform an evaluation to determine if gum grafting is necessary and discuss the different treatment options available.