When you do not have enough healthy, strong gum tissue to protect your teeth, we can repair it with a free gingival graft.
Gums should be high and tight around teeth. If not, then bacteria will have more access to the tooth root and can attack the supporting bone.
If you have gum recession, we want to determine why and work to solve that issue. Recession could be caused by:
- brushing too hard.
- periodontal disease.
- orthodontic procedures.
- naturally thin gums.
Free gingival graft procedure
We do not begin the procedure until we are sure the involved areas are completely numb.
Then, we take a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth. If necessary, we may place a dressing or covering over the site while it heals.
We prepare the gums for the donor tissue and securely attach the tissue to the site. We place a barrier over the site to protect it during the healing process.
In a few weeks, the donated tissue blends into the surrounding gum tissue. A free gingival graft helps to prevent any future recession. It makes the area easier to clean and helps defend against root cavities and bone loss. A free gingival graft can correct gum defects and restore the health of your smile.