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Gum graft

Gum graft is a type of dental surgery performed to correct the effects of gum recession. It is a quick and relatively simple surgery in which a periodontist removes healthy gums tissue from the roof of the mouth and uses it to build the gums back up where it has receded.

Gum recession occurs when gum tissue wears away, exposing more of the tooth at the root. This may cause increased sensitivity, especially when eating or drinking hot or cold foods. Because gum recession tends to happen slowly, many people do not realize it is happening to them.

If left untreated, gums recession could eventually lead to tooth loss.

Some people choose to have a gum graft for cosmetic reasons, such as to have a better smile; while for others, a gum graft is necessary to protect the exposed tooth from damage and repair any damage already done.


here is a variety of gum grafts available, and the type of surgery undertaken depends on the extent and severity of damage and a person’s individual needs.

A periodontist will discuss the different types of surgery available with the person to decide which option is the most suitable.

Before starting the gum graft, the periodontist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area so that the procedure does not hurt.

They may also lift some of the existing gum away to expose the root of the tooth and clean it.

The three different types of gum graft surgery are:

Connective tissue grafts

In this procedure the periodontist:

  • removes tissue from the roof of the mouth by making a flap and taking tissue from underneath the top layer
  • stitches the tissue onto the existing gums tissue to cover the exposed tooth root
  • stitches the flap on the roof of the mouth from where they took the tissue

Free gingival grafts

This is the preferred method for people with thin gums who require extra tissue to enlarge the gums.

In this procedure the periodontist:

  • removes tissue directly from the top layer of tissue on the roof of the mouth
  • stitches this tissue to the existing gum area

Pedicle (lateral) grafts

This is the preferred method for people who have lots of gums tissue growing near the exposed tooth.

In this procedure the periodontist:

  • grafts tissue from the gums around or near the tooth requiring treatment
  • only partially cuts away this tissue, keeping one edge attached
  • stretches the tissue over or down, covering the exposed tooth root and holding it in place with stitches

A periodontist may source the tissue from a tissue bank rather than removing gums tissue from a person’s mouth.


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