Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is a periodontal procedure available to stop further dental problems such as bone loss and gum recession. It is also used to improve the esthetics of your gum line.

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession, and can be sensitive to hot or cold food or liquids.  Sometimes, the gum recession makes the teeth appear too long.  Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing, periodontal disease, clenching, genetics, or perhaps a bad bite. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment Dr. Oliverie can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem. Once these contributing factors are controlled, a soft tissue graft procedure will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

Soft tissue gum grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. During this procedure, Dr. Oliverie takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity. For patients who prefer not having tissue taken from their palate, Alloderm is another effective tissue source. Highly used since 1996, patients selecting Alloderm avoid having a second surgical site.

A soft tissue graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile. Whether you have a soft tissue graft to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.

In addition to soft tissue grafting, Dr. Oliverie is trained to provide guided bone regeneration, bone grafting, socket grafting, and block grafting procedures.

If you have questions about our grafting procedures, please contact Oliverie Dental for more information.

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