Grafting is the process of taking real or artificial skin tissue and using it to replace thin or receded gums. Thin gums are the most common symptom of periodontal disease, especially gingivitis, and when gums start to recede, potentially serious complications may arise. If the gums continue to recede without being treated, the roots of your teeth may eventually become exposed, which is both painful and dangerous for the life of the tooth.
In order to thicken gums and protect the exposed roots of the teeth, healthy tissue is grafted from another part of your mouth to the receded part. The gum that grows around the root of the tooth is hard tissue, so the grafted gum must be hard tissue as well. Dr. Zadeh usually chooses to graft tissue from the palate (the roof of the mouth), as this tissue is usually healthy and unaffected by periodontal disease.
The following pages detail several of the grafting procedures that Dr. Zadeh offers.
If you think you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, please call for a consultation today. Dr. Zadeh and his staff will be happy to discuss grafting with you.