Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Gum recessions can be repaired if they cause aesthetic concerns

There are various procedures available to repair gum recessions. These are often referred to as periodontal plastic surgical procedures, due to their aesthetic demand. A periodontist can help you diagnose your type of recession and advise you how it could be treated. They can also advise you on the need for surgery, the likely outcome and alternative options.

Gum recession on lower front tooth
Same tooth after treament

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Gum graft surgery will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

Gum grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. During gum graft surgery, your periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

A gum graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile. Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.

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Dr Hattingh & assistant Thank you so much for all the work and help you have done to ‘save’ my teeth… I am pleased with the results…hope I can keep it up. With good wishes

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