When gingival recession occurs, the body loses natural defense against both bacterial invasion and soft tissue trauma. Besides that, the exposed root surfaces, which are softer than tooth enamel, increase risk of root cavities, root abrasion, and tooth sensitivity to cold and hot foods as well as unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth.
In such situations gum reconstruction by employing grafting techniques is recommended. Gingival grafting can also be employed to facilitate the cosmetic result of operative and restorative procedures provided by your general dentist.
A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth and, in some situations, cover the exposed root. In some situations, gum allografts and gum substitutes prevent the need for taking the patient’s own tissue and can dramatically reduce the post-operative discomfort. Most of the times donor tissue is used to avoid cutting into patient’s palate and, thus, decreasing post-operative discomfort. This tissue is placed over the prepared recession site and secured with sutures. Dr. Garibov will be happy to discuss grafting options with you at your consultation appointment.
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