Gum grafting is used to correct receding gums. Gum grafting involves taking tissue from your palate or a donor source and using it to cover the exposed root of your tooth or teeth. Gum grafts restore proper protection to the roots of your teeth.
When gum tissue recession occurs, the roots of your teeth can become exposed. This can lead to increased sensitivity to hot and cold, increased risk of bone tissue loss, discomfort, and a host of other health issues. Gum recession may be caused by periodontal (gum) disease, improper brushing techniques, teeth grinding or clenching, and lip and tongue piercings. The risk of gum disease increases if you smoke, have poor oral hygiene, or an illness, like diabetes.
If excessive gum recession has occurred, gum grafts may be the best option for you. Tracking gum recession is an important part of regular dental check-ups.