Gum Recession or also known as the gingival recession is when the margin of the gum that surrounds your tooth seems to pull away from the tooth, giving the illusion of a longer tooth. To prevent further tissue loss and perhaps more serious consequences such as tooth loss, dentists can recommend a tissue graft to help reinforce the remaining tissue and even cover exposed roots.
Traditionally grafts were taken from a patient’s palate. Today, dentists can use “artificial gums” during a procedure called an Alloderm Graft, which only requires a local anesthetic.
Grafts done with this type of procedure has many advantages:
- Excellent success rate for covering roots
- Leave no visible scars or color differences
- Virtually painless if post-op instructions are followed
As with any procedure, good hygiene is vital in order to assure the longevity of the graft. In cases where optimal hygiene is achieved, grafts can last a lifetime.
If you have any questions about gum recession or gum grafts, do not hesitate to ask at your next appointment.