What is gum grafting?
Gum grafting is a dental surgery performed to correct the effects of gum recession, where the gums recede from the teeth. A gum graft is a quick and relatively simple surgery in which we remove healthy gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and uses it to build the gum back up where it has receded.
Gum recession is a condition wherein the gum tissues shrink or recede resulting in the exposure of tooth roots. Gingival recession can be characterised by red inflamed gum margins, increased sensitivity to cold, infection, receding gums, teeth appearing longer and exposure of roots of the teeth. Some of the consequences of gum recession are increased risk of cavities in roots and loss of supporting structure of teeth. Gum grafting might be indicated in these cases to cover the areas of recession.