Gum grafting is a treatment for gum recession. Gum recession occurs when the gum line moves down the root of a tooth, exposing the root surface. Gum recession can occur gradually over time and is one consequence of periodontal (gum) disease. Since our gums protect our teeth, inadequate gum tissue makes you more susceptible to bacteria-causing problems. Often gum recession exposes the tooth root exposure causing sensitivity or pain. Cavities and other issues can become more problematic if gum recession is left untreated.Exposed roots can also create an esthetic issue leaving the dark root surface exposed.Grafting can improve the appearance of the teeth and enhance the smile.
Gum grafting is a procedure that involves using tissue to cover or repair areas affected by receding gum tissue. Gum grafting can be performed on one tooth or multiple teeth to even the gum line and increase periodontal health. During the procedure, Dr. Saltz or Wilson at Coastal Periodontics in Portsmouth, New Hampshire will carefully enhance the tissue and cover the root surface.