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  • Dre Marie-Ève Costisella de Gatineau / Hull
  • Dre Marie-Ève Costisella de Gatineau / Hull

Gingival graft

The gum is periodontal tissue that protects teeth, their roots, and bone by preventing bacteria or foreign bodies from entering and causing inflammation or infection. As a result of various factors—such as poor brushing technique, malocclusion, bruxism, or genetic factors—some people experience tooth recession or loosening: the gums gradually recede and expose the root of the tooth.

Once the root is exposed, the risk of tooth decay or sensitivity increases. Over the long term, the tooth may even become loose due to lack of support. Gum grafts are the only way to correct receding gums and protect the tooth and its periodontium.

What does the procedure involve?

A gum graft is a minor surgical procedure that involves removing a strip of tissue from the palate and then grafting it with stitches to the recipient site. Your dental surgeon may also choose to use synthetic material for the graft. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and the patient doesn't feel any pain. In some cases, two grafts are needed to cover the area where gums have receded.

The procedure takes about 1.5 hours and two appointments are needed (the first is for the surgery and the second is to remove the stitches).

To find out more about gum grafts, contact us today!

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