Gum recession happens gradually, and many people don’t realize how “toothy” their smile has become until it is pointed out to them. Gum recession is a common dental problem that affects up to 12% of adults.
A gum graft is necessary to cover exposed roots due to recession or bone loss. Tissue from either the roof of your mouth or a donor material is sutured into place over the exposed area and allowed to heal.
Gum grafts help reduce root sensitivity, decay, and further bone loss. They can also help prevent further gum recession. A pleasant benefit of a gum graft is the aesthetic effect on your smile. A healthy, new smile will emerge.