Root Coverage Procedures (Gum Grafts)

Gum recession resulting in longer teeth or exposed tooth roots can increase sensitivity to heat, cold or sweets and leave the tooth root susceptible to damage.  It can also alter the appearance of your smile.  Gum recession never repairs itself and usually gets worse with time.  In most cases, the area can be repaired with a new, layer of gum tissue. 

Procedure: The periodontist administers a local anesthetic, gently prepares the area and then reinforces the thickness and durability of the gum tissue at the recession area with tissue from another part of the mouth.  Sometimes non patient donor materials can be used.  However most situations require using the patient's own tissue since it contains viable cells which can grow in the new location and repair itself as the area heals.