Gum Grafting | Grand Rapids MI

Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from disease and sensitivity, and helps produce a great smile.

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.

An real example of gum recession
A corrected gum line recession after gum grafting

before and after gum grafting
A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. In the past this procedure required that a piece of tissue be taken from the roof of your mouth to serve as the graft material. Dr. Eisin uses AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix or Puros Allografts,  to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth.  http://www.biohorizons.com

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

For more information about Gum Grafting or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eisin, call our office in Grand Rapids, MI at Grand Rapids Office Phone Number 616-656-0100.