Purpose of the gum graft
The purpose of the gum graft is to restore thickness and height to the gum of the weakened tooth, thus stopping the progression of the recession. This restorative procedure strengthens the supporting tissues to protect the teeth and restore your smile. The dentist removes a piece of gum from the palate (called a graft) to cover the root that has been uncovered by the recession. The graft can also come from an external source (like AlloDerm®).
The gum graft is short-lived and the healing process does not usually require time off work.