Gum Grafting

Forsyth & Springfield IL

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.

For assistance or to make an appointment with Dr. Pedraza, please use our Contact Us form or call our office: Forsyth IL Periodontal Office Phone Number 217-876-0547 (Forsyth) or Springfield IL Periodontal Office Phone Number 217-787-0422 (Springfield).

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, gym recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.

Example of a Gum Graft

 Before photo of gum graft patient
 After photo of gum graft patient

before and after gum grafting

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 Contact Us form below.


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