Gums protect tooth root. When gums recede and expose the roots of the teeth, a gingival graft can repair the damage.
The loss of protective gum tissue can lead to significant decay in the roots and painful sensitivity. It can also age your smile.
Sub-Epithelial gingival grafting procedure
We begin the procedure once we are sure you are completely numb.
At the damaged area, we gently separate the gums from the tooth. We then carefully remove any plaque and tartar from the root surfaces.
Next, we take a small tissue graft from another area in your mouth. That site may heal on its own, or we may place a stitch or two.
Lastly, the donor tissue graft is seated to fill in the missing gum and stitched into place.
As the gum tissue heals, it tightens more closely around the tooth. After a few weeks, the gum tissues should blend in beautifully.
Benefits of sub-epithelial gingival grafting
- helps protect root surfaces from decay.
- keeps roots cleaner.
- may reduce tooth sensitivity.
- can improve your periodontal health.
Gingival grafting is a safe way to restore your gums and keep your smile beautiful.