Praxis für Parodontologie und Implantologie

Dr. Edith Hernichel-Gorbach M.Sc

Gum Grafting

Example of a Connective Tissue Graft

When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option. Recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. The exposed root surface is softer than enamel, leading possibly to root caries and root gouging.

before treatment

after placement of a connective tissue graft for root coverage

Free Gingival Grafts

Another way to treat gum recession are free gingival grafts. As the example shows the surgical result is a firm tissue patch, which can maintain a lighter color, and thereby a patch like appearance.  

before treatment

after placement of a free gingival graft