Gum Grafting

Gum Recession Treatment in Jacksonville

When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.

When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.

In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When significant, gym recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.

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Gum Graft Overview

Patient's teeth and gums with gum line recession Patient's teeth and gums with a corrected gum line after gum grafting
Photos: before and after gum grafting procedure

A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.

The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.

Patient testimonials for Gum Grafting

We invite you to read testimonials from our patients. To find out if you are a candidate for a gum grafting procedure, or to make an appointment with Dr. Aguila, all our Jacksonville office: Periodontist and Dental Implant Office in Jacksonville FL Phone Number 904-683-4781.


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