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Gingival (gum) grafts

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Sometimes the gum recedes due to disease (gingivitis or periodontitis), excessive friction or tooth movement. Some people may also simply not have enough natural gum to properly protect their teeth. In these cases, the professionals at your Lapointe Dental Centre may ask you to consider gum grafting.

A gingival or gum graft restores gum thickness and height around the affected tooth while stopping any further recession. This reconstructive surgery strengthens supporting tissues to protect the teeth and restore your smile. The professional takes a piece of gum from the palate (called the graft) to cover the root exposed by the recession. The graft may also come from an external source such as AlloDerm®.

The procedure is quick and does not usually require time off work.