Gum recession is one of the more significant symptoms of gingivitis, and as periodontal tissues recede further, gum disease becomes more imminent. Your roots can become sensitive when exposed by receding gums, and the resulting periodontal pockets provide havens for oral bacteria to hide, compounding the issue further. A gingival graft, or gum graft, can reverse the effects of gum recession to improve periodontal health and the appearance of your smile.
Your periodontist will use tissue from your palate or another viable source to refortify your gum tissues and cover your roots once more. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and in some cases, dental sedation for improved comfort. Total healing and uniformity of your gums should be complete within six weeks. Gum grafting alleviates the tooth sensitivity associated with gum recession while simultaneously improving your gum health and the overall appearance of your smile.