You can have a beautiful face, a healthy body, a white set of teeth but you need a beautiful smile to cap it all up. When your gum line is unaligned or too far below the lip line, your smile looks horrendous. Your gums are the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile.

A receding gum line has become common in society today due to numerous factors that ranges from genetic combination, hard brushing habits and sometimes it is hereditary. This results in the thinning of the tissues and root surfaces that in turn cannot provide enough seal to shield the tooth. This ultimately leads to a high risk of root cavities, painful teeth sensitivity and a set of dentures that are not good to be seen in public.

This is rectifiable. You don’t have to be strict and self-conscious about the appearance of your smile.  Ideally, the gums should appear aligned and smooth, and should act as a complement to a person's smile, rather than as a distraction.

There are many forms of grafting and re-contouring of the gum but usually it involves the movement of gum tissue from one area of the mouth to another to protect the root surfaces from decay or abrasive toothbrushes and also to further avert the receding of the gum line and/or to make the gums more resilient and stronger around the teeth. 

However, it has been discovered that most conditions can be addressed by 2 to types of gum graft procedures.

Connective Tissue Graft for Root Coverage

Unlike the gingival graft method, the connective tissue graft is relatively new as it was first described in 1986. Before then, attempts to cover exposed roots often failed and was characterized with low success results. It also uses a small piece of gum tissue usually obtained from the roof of the mouth or from a donor tissue bank. The donor gum tissue is placed under the existing gums and it is then stretched over the donor gum tissue to fit it into place and cover the root. This will result in shielding the exposed roots and thickening of the gums to help prevent the receding of the gum from reoccurring.

It is also important to mention that a soft tooth brushing habits must also be cultivated. A periodontist's ability to use this grafting procedure decreases depending on the severity of the gum line recession.

This can require a two-step procedure which is usually not as cosmetically pleasing.  The high success rate of this gum grafting method encourages early treatment.

The above discussed are specialized advanced techniques, we will not only ensure the restoration of the health of your gums but also give you the best assurances of a catchy smile that qualifies you for any magazine front cover.

Grafting and Re-Contouring of Gums

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Dara Kimia D.M.D.         Herbert Schneider D.D.S.

Daniel Herrera D.D.S.     Brock J. Lorenz D.M.D.

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Grafting and Re-Contouring of Gums

Gingival grafting method is regarded as one of the oldest gum grafting methods. The scope of the method involves taking a small piece of gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and placing it below the gum recession or thin gum tissue to form an extra layer and create thicker, stronger gums. Usually it covers the exposed root, then enables the gumline to move on its own, closer to where it belongs.

It is often discovered that there are other sites other than the roof of the mouth where the needed gum tissue can be obtained, this greatly reduces the post-surgical soreness many have associated with this procedure.

With the advent of tissue banks these days where donor gum tissue can be purchased, the need to create an auxiliary surgical site when obtaining the donor gum tissue is gradually being eliminated.

There are a number of clinical parameters that help our dentists determine the suitable gum graft required or if the Connective Tissue Graft is a better alternative.