Gum Grafting, Tampa FL

 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.

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

A gingival graft is designed to address these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or 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, however, the main objective is to re-establish the protective barrier or layer of the gum around the tooth.  Often times, increased root coverage may not be possible with a single surgical procedure.

Gum Grafting Case Study

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Gum Grafting Case Study

autogenous gingival graft click for a larger view

The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.

Call Dr. Johnson‘s office today at Tampa Office Phone Number 813-264-1258 to schedule a Gum Grafting consultation.