Gum Grafting in Forsyth & Springfield IL
Gum Recession Treatment
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.
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Other Benefits of Gum Grafting
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, gym recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.
Before and After Examples of a Gum Graft
Gingival Graft for Healthier Gums
A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of donor tissue is placed or your own tissue is 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.
The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.
If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please call our office: Forsyth IL Periodontal Office Phone Number 217-876-0547 (Forsyth) or Springfield IL Periodontal Office Phone Number 217-787-0422 (Springfield). You may also use our Appointment Request form below.