Gum Grafting / Recession

What is Gum Grafting?

Some patients suffer from gum recession. This can be unsightly or cause teeth to feel a lot of sensitivity to cold. Gum grafting is a way to cover the exposed root surfaces and thicken the tissue to prevent further recession.

Types of Gum Grafting

We can use a variety of things to graft gum defects.

  1. We can harvest a piece of tissue from the patient’s palate. This is a great technique but leaves the patient’s palate very uncomfortable for approximately 10 days.
  2. Another technique is using donor tissue, this would be less uncomfortable to the patient, but the results are less predictable.
  3. A third technique and one that Dr. Pollack utilizes often is extracting a growth factor filled membrane from the patient’s own blood. A few vials of blood are drawn from the patient’s arm, and spun in a centrifuge. This process separates the blood components and creates platelet-rich fibrin or PRF. The PRF is turned into a membrane and placed at the recession site. The patient has minimal postoperative discomfort due to this minimally invasive technique and the results are beautiful thick new tissue.