Periodontal Recession and Gum Grafting

When recession of the gingiva (gums) occurs exposing the roots of teeth, all the tissues that had covered the root have been destroyed, including part of the bone that forms the tooth socket. When gum recession is a problem, there are often opportunities for gum reconstruction using soft tissue 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 thinner, more elastic tissues that extend into the lips and cheeks), the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.

In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and/or cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When significant, gum recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries (decay) and root wear or gouging.

All cases displayed are from patients treated in our office.

Santa Rosa Innovative Periodontics & Dental Implants image of mouth before gum grafting  Santa Rosa Innovative Periodontics & Dental Implants image of mouth after gum grafting
Before and after gum grafting

A gingival graft performed by Drs. Uemura and Simonds is designed to solve these problems. There are a variety of techniques available to both increase support and to cover the exposed portion of the tooth root.

The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.

Learn More About Periodontal Recession and Treatments

with Dr. Simonds’ recently published 

Saving Your Smile

Periodontal (Gum) Recession Primer

Some of the treatment options are new and unique and involve techniques have been developed and researched in our office. They include more treatment options than patients will commonly find searching the internet. 

The Periodontal (Gum) Recession Primer explains:

* Normal tissues vs. thin and narrow periodontal recession

* Why periodontal recession can be a problem

* What causes periodontal recession?

* How to help prevent periodontal recession

* Available treatment and what to expect from treatment

       Including: Non-palatal gum grafts that can be both comfortable and effective

Note: Some new techniques developed in our office include Dr. Simonds’ SimulGraft (simultaneous root coverage and gum supplementation) 

Click the link below the image to get a comprehensive explanation of periodontal recession, treatment options and comparisons: 

Saving Your Smile Periodontal (Gum) Recession Primer

Saving Your Smile; Periodontal Recession

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