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Esthetic Gum Re-Construction

Esthetic Gum Re-Construction is surgical periodontal procedures that aims to cover an exposed tooth root surface with grafted oral tissue.

Exposed tooth roots are usually the result of gingival recession due to periodontal disease.  There are other common causes, including overly aggressive brushing and trauma.



Here are some of the most common types of Esthetic Gum Re-Construction:

  • Free gingival graft – This procedure is often used to thicken gum tissue.  A layer of tissue is removed from the palate and relocated to the area affected by gum recession.  Both sites will quickly heal without permanent damage.
  • Subepithelial connective tissue graft – This procedure is commonly used to cover exposed roots.  Tissue is removed fairly painlessly from the outer layer of the palate and relocated to the site of gum recession.

Reasons for Esthetic Gum Re-Construction

Esthetic Gum Re-Construction is a common periodontal procedure.  

Here are some of the major benefits associated with Esthetic Gum Re-Construction:

  • Reduced sensitivity – When the tooth root becomes exposed, eating or drinking hot or cold foods can cause extreme sensitivity to the teeth.  Esthetic Gum Re-Construction surgery permanently covers the exposed root, helps reduce discomfort, and restores the good health of the gums.
  • Improved appearance – Periodontal disease is characterized by gum recession and inflammation.  Gum recession and root exposure can make the teeth look longer than normal and the smile to appear “toothy.”  Esthetic Gum Re-Construction can make the teeth look shorter, more symmetrical and generally more pleasing to look at.  In addition, adjacent tissue can be enhanced and augmented during the procedure for aesthetic purposes.
  • Improved gum health – Periodontal disease can progress and destroy gum tissue very rapidly.  If left untreated, a large amount of gum tissue can be lost in a short period of time.  Esthetic Gum Re-Construction can help halt tissue and bone loss; preventing further problems and protecting exposed roots from further decay.

If you have any questions about gum grafting, please ask call our office for more information.