learn About Gum Grafting
What is Gum Graft Surgery?
Gum Graft Surgery (also called Gingival Graft Surgery) is necessary to protect your teeth from gum recession, which is also known as Gingival Recession. Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth shrinks back or wears away, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth's root. As a result your teeth start to look longer (i.e., a “toothy” smile) and you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold. You may even have pain as more of your tooth and its root become exposed. Eventually, gums can recede so much that tooth roots are almost completely exposed. This robs them of nutrients and leaves them open to attack by bacteria, ultimately leading to decay and removal.
Gum grafting is a procedure that covers up your exposed gums to decrease sensitivity and future gum line recession
You may also choose to have the surgery to achieve a more symmetrically even gum line
Gum grafts can help reduce tooth sensitivity, especially to hot and cold foods