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 gum grafting techniques is an option.
Gum grafting procedure
Prior to your grafting procedure, an impression of your upper teeth will be taken to make a palatal stent. The stent will be placed after your surgery to protect the treated area in the roof of your month.
During the grafting procedure, a thin piece of gum tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth, or gently moved over from adjacent areas, and transplanted to an area where you have an inadequate amount of gum tissue and/or have gingival recession. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.
When the procedure is completed, sutures and a protective “bandage” are placed to help secure the graft. If gum tissue was taken from the roof of the mouth, a palatal stent will be put into place. You will need to be seen two weeks after the procedure to remove the sutures and evaluate your healing.
This procedure takes approximately one hour and is performed in our office, under local anesthetic.