Gum disease is a serious infection that many patients may have without knowing it. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding and inflamed gums, loose or shifting teeth, and gum recession. Gum recession can lead to a greater progression of gum disease but may be successfully treated with gum grafting.
Gum grafting corrects the aesthetic and functional deficiencies caused by gum recession. When gum recession occurs, generally as a result of periodontal disease, teeth take on a lengthened, unhealthy appearance. More importantly, when the roots of the teeth are exposed, they are more susceptible to sensitivity and the bacteria that cause periodontal disease, tooth loss, and bone deterioration.
Connective-Tissue Gum Grafting
With this method of gum grafting, the donor tissue is taken from underneath a flap cut into the roof of the mouth. After the donor tissue is removed, the flap is sewn back into place and the donor tissue is sutured to the area around the gum recession.
Free Gingival Gum Grafting
This gum grafting technique takes donor tissue from the roof of the mouth and sutures it to the site of the gum recession. This gum grafting method is recommended for patients with thin gums.
Pedicle Gum Grafting
Gum Recession Before
Gum Recession After
Pedicle gum grafting relies upon ample gum tissue surrounding the site of gum recession. Best used on those patients with a generous amount of gum tissue, a flap is cut into the tissue surrounding the gum recession and gently pulled over the exposed tooth area.
Once the donor tissue is sutured into place, in any of the gum grafting techniques, it integrates with the tissue at the site of the gum recession over time.
Dr. Jason Cataldo performs gum grafting to restore a healthy and attractive gum line for patients with gum recession. If you have been experiencing symptoms of gum disease or have noticeable gum recession, contact our office for an evaluation.Periodontist Dr. Jason Cataldo provides Periodontal services and dental implants to the following communities: Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Cary, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.