Gum Grafting

Receding gums are an unattractive symptom of periodontal disease, but did you know that receding gums can also contribute to further ill effects, such as tooth sensitivity, gum inflammation, and decay? Your healthy gums act as a barrier to bacteria. However, when you have receding gums, more of the tooth is exposed and therefore, vulnerable to infection.

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There is a simple solution for receding gums- gum tissue grafting. Gum tissue grafting is a procedure offered by our doctors that uses your own healthy tissue to cover any exposed tooth roots, integrating with the surrounding tissue. There are three methods of gum tissue grafting available: connective-tissue grafts, free gingival grafts, and pedicle grafts.

Connective-Tissue Graft

The most commonly performed method of gum tissue grafting, connective-tissue grafts are performed by harvesting donor tissue from under a flap cut in the roof of the mouth. This donor tissue is then sutured to the gum tissue around the site of the exposed roots.

Free Gingival Graft

Free gingival gum tissue grafting is preferred in instances where the patient has thin gums. Donor tissue is taken directly from the roof of the mouth and then attached directly to the site of the receding gums.

Pedicle Graft

Pedicle gum tissue grafting is generally performed for patients who have an ample amount of gum tissue. With this method, a flap is cut into the tissue beside the exposed tooth root. This flap is then gently pulled to cover the area of the receding gums and stitched into place.

Schedule Gum Tissue Grafting for Your Receding Gums

If you have receding gums, schedule an appointment with one of our dental practices to ensure the health and restore the appearance of your receding gums. Our doctors are experienced periodontists, specializing in the health and care of your gums.

Our periodontists serve patients in Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill, NC. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!

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