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Gum grafting treatment is required to treat patients with receding gum. Gum recession is the process in which the gum tissue surrounding the teeth pulls away, exposing a portion of the tooth’s root. This may cause the tooth to look ‘longer’, and become more sensitive to hot and cold. If left untreated, gum recession can lead to tooth loss.What causes gum recession?
If the receding gum is caused by heavy tartar buildup and gum disease, scaling and root planning will be done to remove bacterial plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and root surfaces, helping the gums heal and preventing any further recession.
For more extensive gum recession, gum grafting surgery is needed to repair the damage and prevent further infection.Types of gum graft
There are 3 different types of gum grafting treatment typically used. The dentist will decide the type according to the patient’s needs.