Gingival Grafting Procedures, Houston & Sugar Land TX

Bone Grafting Overview

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Bone Grafting Overview


When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.

When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.

In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance to the gum and tooth. Also, gum recession, when significant, can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.

A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth, or gently moved over from adjacent areas, to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.

The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.

Photos of subepithelial connective tissue grafts

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Before subepithelial connective tissue grafts, Houston TX
After subepithelial connective tissue grafts, Houston TX
Before subepithelial connective tissue grafts, Sugar Land TX
After subepithelial connective tissue grafts, Sugar Land TX

 


Before After
Before subepithelial connective tissue grafts, Dr. Watson, Periodontist
After subepithelial connective tissue grafts, Dr. Watson, Periodontist
Before subepithelial connective tissue grafts example, Dr. Watson, Periodontist
After subepithelial connective tissue grafts example, Dr. Watson, Periodontist

Before After
Before Gam Grafting Procedure, Houston TX
After Gam Grafting Procedure, Houston TX