(Subepithelial Connective Tissue Grafts)
What is a gum graft?
When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.
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 first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.
In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and 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 and root gouging.
A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. 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. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.
Post-Op 5 months
The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.
Middlesex Periodontics & Dental Implants, PC
Everyone in the office is very friendly and helpful. When I first came in for my procedure, I was a little scared, but everyone was very supportive and the procedure went smoothly. After my procedure, I came in for a few check-ups to make sure that everything was healing properly, and to address any of my healing concerns. Nine months later, I came in for a check-up to see how the healing has continued, and I am very happy with the results!
- Mollie D
Very painless experience, excellent staff and accomodation
- David M
The doctor explained the procedure in depth during my initial consultation. I found this very helpful. After the procedure I was given his cell number and encouraged to call if I had any problems or questions. The follow-up was very thorough. I would certainly recommend this practice to all who need this service.
- Ellen G
Doctor Reich is extremely nice, patient and very professional. The procedure sounded horrific, but I felt no pain. Doctor Reich gave me his mobile number, and when I texted a question, he replied immediately. Same when I called the office with a question.
- Hyland S