Although it might sound like a rather daunting surgical procedure, gum grafting is a relatively common option for improving the function and appearance of teeth. It is also useful in addressing a number of dental conditions such as receding gum line, thin gum tissue, excessive tooth sensitivity and tooth abrasion.
In many gum grafting procedures the periodontist will take some of the patient's own tissue for the graft. This tissue is usually taken from the roof of the mouth. A very thin piece is removed and carefully placed onto the area where the gums have receded. It is then carefully attached there with fine sutures. The following are before and after images of connective tissue surgeries.
In individual cases where many teeth require extensive grafting, Dr. Jang will may choose to utilize a tissue banked grafting material called Alloderm. This eliminates the need to harvest tissue from the palate.
A significant area of the gum line can be grafted at one time offering protection to a number of teeth. Dr. Jang specializes in micro-surgical procedures for all his soft-tissue grafting procedures to enhance surgical results and minimize post-operative discomfort.