Gum recession refers tothe shrinking of gums. It has two main adverse effects; It exposes part of the root allowing sensitivity and faster decay of teeth, which will ultimately affect your overall health. At the same time gum recession totally mars your smile, affecting your social acceptability and effectiveness. These are indeed serious consequences. But all is not lost yet!Our dentists at Barnaby Square Dental can restore your looks and your dental health by a simple gum grafting procedure.
What is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting is done to prevent further gum recession and to cover the root surface already exposed. A small piece of healthy tissue is taken from another site in the oral cavity and is attached at the required point. The graft tissue for the gum may come from various sources, but normally tissue from back of your own palate is preferred.
How is Gum Grafting Performed?
The donor site is numbed and the desired amount of flesh removed. This tissue is then carefully sutured into place at the required location. Very fine thread, perhaps finer than your hair, is used to do the suturing. From here on your own body vitality starts acting. Gradually, new blood vessels grow into the grafted material and allow the grafted flesh to integrate with the tissue surrounding the receptor location. A successful graft will eliminate or mitigate the problems for which it was applied, e.g., tooth sensitivity and poor smile.