Teeth that suffer from gum loss (also known as recession) can present with a number of issues including:
- Loss of tooth-supporting gum and bone
- Loss of aesthetics (longer looking teeth)
- Increased risk for cold sensitivity
- Increased risk for cavities
- Increased risk for trapping plaque
Gum grafting is a procedure in which a variety of techniques are used to either restore the missing gum or strengthen the existing gum. The resulting increase in gum tissue helps to prevent future recession, improve aesthetics, increase tooth support, and reduce the risk for cavities, cold sensitivity and trapping plaque. Gum grafting can also be used to “plump up” gum and improve the aesthetics of areas without teeth (eg. underneath a bridge).