Gum Grafting: The Solution to Gum Recession

Gum recession is a common dental problem that many people face, and it can cause serious oral health issues if left untreated. If you're dealing with gum recession, you're not alone! Experts estimate that 50% of individuals over the age of 30 have gum recession to some degree. The good news is that you don't have to live with this issue, thanks to gum grafting. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of gum grafting procedures and their benefits, along with providing you with an overview of the process and post-operative care.

Connective Tissue Grafts:

The connective tissue graft is a procedure that is commonly used to correct gum recession. This procedure involves cutting a small incision in the roof of your mouth. Then, a small piece of tissue is taken from beneath the flap and transferred to the area where the gum is receding. Once the graft is in place, your periodontist will stitch the area closed. The benefits of this procedure include increased gum thickness and strength, improved oral health, and a decrease in discomfort and sensitivity. This grafting method is suitable for those with moderate to severe gum recession.

Free Gingival Grafts:

Another grafting method commonly used to treat gum recession is the free gingival graft. This procedure involves taking a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth and transferring it to the affected area. The benefits of this grafting method include improved gum health, reduced tooth sensitivity, and an improvement in the aesthetic appearance of the gums. This grafting method is best suited for individuals who have thin gums.

Pedicle Grafts:

Pedicle grafts, also known as lateral pedicle grafts, are a grafting method that involves using existing gum tissue in the affected area to promote tissue regeneration. This procedure involves making a small incision in the gum tissue over the affected area. The existing gum tissue is rotated to cover the exposed root, and the gum tissue is stitched in place. This grafting method is perfect for individuals who have adequate gum tissue around the area of recession.

Overall Benefits of Gum Grafting:

Gum grafting has numerous benefits for those with gum recession. The procedure restores gum tissue that has been lost due to recession, improves oral health by reducing gum disease, enhances aesthetic appearance, and reduces tooth sensitivity. By undergoing gum grafting, patients can expect to experience a significant improvement in their overall oral health.

Post-Surgery Care:

Post-operative care is crucial for the success of gum grafting procedures. Swelling and discomfort are common symptoms of the surgery, but can be alleviated through the use of pain management medications or cold compresses. Oral hygiene is also essential for the healing process. Your periodontist will give you tips on how to maintain proper oral hygiene during your recovery period, including how to clean the grafted area without disrupting the healing process.


In conclusion, gum grafting is an excellent solution for those struggling with gum recession. Whether you undergo a connective tissue graft, a free gingival graft, or a pedicle graft, you can expect numerous benefits, including improved oral health, reduced tooth sensitivity, and better aesthetic appearance. It's essential to select the right grafting method for your particular condition, and follow through with proper post-operative care to ensure the success of the procedure. If you're dealing with gum recession, don't wait any longer – book a consultation appointment with your periodontist today.

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