Gum grafting: extend the life of your teeth

Why have a gum graft?

In some patients, part of the gum gradually recedes, exposing the root of the tooth. This may result in hypersensitivity, tartar build-up and inflammation of the gums. When this problem occurs, it is called gum recession or receding teeth. Sometimes the only solution to correct the situation is to perform a gum graft. This surgical procedure consists of removing tissue from the patient’s palate and then grafting it to the site of the receding teeth. In some cases, it is possible to use an artificial graft. This minor and common procedure can stabilise the recession or sometimes even regain lost gum tissue. It also restores the thickness of the gum tissue, so your teeth will last longer!