Tissue Grafting


Connective Tissue Graft
Free Gingival Graft
Alloderm Graft


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 of the gum and tooth. When significant, gum recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.


A Tissue Graft is designed to solve these problems.


What does this procedure entail?


A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area prior to surgery. The patient can choose other methods of sedation offered at the facility.


Dr. Fletcher will then remove a thin piece of tissue from the roof of the mouth or gently move tissue over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The tissue graft will be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.


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


Several follow-up appointments are necessary to ensure proper healing.