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Gum Tissue Grafting

Gum Tissue Grafting

A gum graft may be necessary to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession, or you may choose to have one to improve the appearance of your smile.

A gum tissue graft also makes the gum around an implant look more natural and is important for front teeth implants.

Gum recession is the process in which the tissue that surrounds the teeth or implants pulls away from a tooth or a dental implant, exposing more of the tooth or the dental implant. This can cause damage to supporting bone and be painful when attempting to clean.

Gum recession is a common dental problem; it affects 4% to 12% of adults and often goes unnoticed until it becomes more severe.

Many people don’t even notice that their gums have receded, because it is a gradual process. An exposed tooth root can not only look ugly, but can cause tooth sensitivity, especially when eating cold or hot foods.

Eventually, gum recession, if not treated, can cause tooth loss. To repair the damage and prevent further dental problems, a gum tissue graft may be needed. At 128 Harley Street Dental Suite, different methods are used for gum grafting. We will discuss these with you and choose the one that suits you the best.


You will be able to go home following the procedure. If sedated, you will need to make arrangements to have someone else drive you home.

Dr Milisha will give you specific instructions regarding postoperative care, such as diet, physical activity and medications. Typically a specific mouthwash is advised together with soft foods for a week or two following the procedure.

The amount of discomfort you have after surgery depends on the type of graft performed. Generally mild discomfort is to be expected for a few days following the procedure. Some patients refer to the discomfort as a “pizza burn”. Over the counter pain medication will help in relieving the discomfort.

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