Exposure of tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Gum graft surgery will repair the recession and help to prevent additional gum and bone loss.
Gum grafts are used to cover tooth roots or develop gum tissue where absent, due to excessive gingival recession. During gum graft surgery, your dentist takes gum tissue from your palate or another source to cover the exposed tooth root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even out your gum line and reduce sensitivity.
A gum graft can reduce and inhibit further recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve the esthetic of your smile. Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or esthetic, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved gingival health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.