Connective Tissue Grafts re-cover areas where the gum has shrunk. This may be a single area, or multiple areas. Shrunken gums, also known as recession, can expose a tooth to sensitivity, cavities and an unattractive appearance. Also, recession causes a loss of natural defense against bacteria. The exposed root surface is also softer than enamel, which can lead to damage from tooth brushing and acid. In some cases the problem can be quite serious.
Tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth and grafted onto the area of recession. In some cases we do multiple locations at once. When recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option. The gingival graft procedure results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.
CT grafts may reduce sensitivity in areas of recession. They actually allow the gum height to be regained. Years ago, such grafts only protected the gum from further loss, but did not regain lost tissue.
Occasionally a graft “doesn’t take” and needs to be done again. In some cases the graft slowly disappears over a prolonged period of time.
The grafted area needs to be maintained with good home care, regular cleanings and use of a soft or ultra soft brush. Also, you may want to consider multiple grafts after your first one has been successful.
*Practice of General Dentistry
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