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Gum Grafting


Periodontists are considered the plastic surgeons of dentistry. Here are some of the treatments that Dr. Heaton performs to improve your smile and oral health.

Repairing long teeth/exposed roots

Sometimes gum recession causes the tooth root to become exposed, which makes your teeth look long and can make you look older than you are. This recession can happen as a result of a variety of causes, including periodontal diseases.

Gum graft surgery and other root coverage procedures are designed to cover exposed roots, to reduce further gum recession and to protect vulnerable roots from decay.

Before Gum Grafting

After Gum Grafting

Gum grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. During gum graft surgery, Dr. Heaton takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

What are the Benefits of gum graft surgery?

A gum graft can reduce further gum recession and bone loss. In some cases, a gum graft can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile. Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.

Evidence of destruction of gum tissue leading to gum
disease and periondontal disease