At dentalhouse, our Oakville dentists may perform a gum graft procedure to cover tooth roots, reduce tooth sensitivity and improve the appearance of your smile.
What is a Gum Graft?
This oral surgery procedure involves gum tissue being transplanted from the roof of your mouth to another area. Our Oakville dentists use gum grafts to conceal exposed root surfaces and decrease tooth sensitivity.
How Gum Grafting Works
During a gum graft procedure at our Oakville location, a patient's own tissue will often be used, typically from the roof of the mouth. The dentist will remove a very thin piece of tissue and carefully place it onto the area where gums have receded.
Treating Gum Recession
When your gum tissue starts to pull back from your teeth, the tooth root is exposed and gum recession occurs. This may lead to severe tooth sensitivity, specifically to hot or cold. It's critical to protect your teeth by treating gum recession. Left untreated, exposed tooth roots can lead to tooth loss.
Cosmetic Gum Grafting
In some cases, patients opt to have a gum graft for cosmetic reasons. The gum tissue surrounding and supporting your teeth also contributes to how appealing your smile will look.
A gum graft may be used to remove excess gum tissue, or to reshape an uneven gum line to expose more of the natural existing tooth.
This minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure can also help improve the size of your gums and teeth. It can also result in a more natural-looking gum line.