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Gum Grafting - Connective Tissue Graft

Gum grafts involve the movement of gum tissue from one area of the mouth to another. They are recommended to cover exposed roots protecting them from decay or toothbrush abrasion or to thicken the gums to help prevent gum recession from occurring.

The connective tissue graft is used to cover exposed root surfaces when teeth are sensitive or to protect the roots from decay and toothbrush abrasion.


Patient A

Before Connective Tissue Graft

After Connective Tissue Graft

 

The root surface of the upper canine tooth is exposed from Gum Recession. 12 years after the placement of a connective tissue graft the root surface of the upper canine tooth is still completely covered and protected. This type of graft is cosmetically pleasing as it cannot be recognized without having access to the presurgical photo.


Patient B

Before Connective Tissue Graft

After Connective Tissue Graft

 

The upper canines and two front teeth all exhibit gum recession exposing the root surfaces. Connective tissue grafts were placed on all 4 teeth as depicted in the after photo. Without access to the before photo, it is difficult to tell which teeth underwent treatment.

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