When there is not enough gum tissue protecting and covering your teeth, our periodontist may suggest a gingival graft. Gingival grafts are also known as gum grafts and are used to promote the healthy re-growth of lost gum tissue. Gum recession, the process by which your gum line gets higher and higher, can occur for a number of reasons, but the most common cause is gum disease.
While there are many different forms of gum grafts, they typically work the same way. Gum tissue is removed from a healthy area of your mouth and is grafted into the area that needs help. The gum tissues will grow together, become one, and begin functioning healthily. We always try to use your own natural gum tissue for gum grafts. Your natural tissues are most compatible with your body and pose the greatest chance for success. However, tissue from tissue banks is also available in necessary cases.
Generally, Dr. Jason M. Peterson suggests a gum graft in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to cover exposed tooth roots. Whatever the reason, you can expect our periodontist to work with skill and compassion. If you have any questions about gum grafting, we encourage you to call our office today. We are happy to answer your questions and schedule a time for you to come see us.