Gum recession occurs when the gum tissues that surround the teeth pull back or wear away. This exposes more of your teeth or even the tooth roots. Receding gums cause pockets to form between the teeth and the gum line, which makes it easy for bacteria to form and build up. This bacteria can cause disease and infection. If you have receding gums, Dr. Nathan G. Dustin may recommend a gum graft in Portland, OR. A gum graft will protect your teeth and teeth roots from the negative effects of gum recession. Gum grafts can also improve the appearance of your smile.
There are three types of gum grafts: connective-tissue grafts, free gingival grafts, and pedicle grafts. A connective-tissue graft is the most common procedure. Tissue is taken from under the skin on the roof of your mouth and then stitched to the gum tissues around the exposed tooth root. Free gingival grafts are similar to connective-tissue grafts, but the tissue is taken directly from the roof of the mouth and then attached to the gums. Pedicle grafts are used when the patient has plenty of gum tissues near the tooth. A flap is cut in the gums, with one edge remaining attached. The gum is pulled and positioned to cover the tooth root and then stitched into place.
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