Gum grafting is a common periodontal procedure.  This common procedure is performed with excellent results. Some of the major benefits associated with gum grafting include:

  • Reduced sensitivity – When a tooth root becomes exposed, eating or drinking hot or cold foods can cause extreme sensitivity to the teeth.  Gum grafting surgery can permanently cover the exposed root, help reduce discomfort, and restore the good health of the gums.
  • Improved appearance – Periodontal disease is characterized by gum recession and inflammation.  Gum recession and root exposure can make the teeth look longer than normal and the smile to appear “toothy.”  Gum grafting can make the teeth look shorter, more symmetrical and generally more pleasing to look at.  In addition, adjacent tissue can be enhanced and augmented during the procedure for aesthetic purposes.
  • Improved gum and tooth health – Periodontal disease can progress and destroy gum tissue very rapidly. Gum grafting can help halt tissue and bone loss; preventing further problems and protecting exposed roots from decay.

Dr. Britten has trained in the latest minimally invasive techniques of gum grafting and can often perform the entire procedure through a pinhole incision.

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