When a person’s gums recede, root coverage is a reconstructive procedure that can prevent further recession and cover the exposed roots. The procedure also helps protect vulnerable roots from decay and greatly improves the appearance of a patient’s smile.
People who suffer from gum recession not only appear to have “long teeth,” but the exposed roots also may cause sensitivity to hot or cold foods. Root coverage (gum grafting) can cover the exposed portions of roots, providing not only additional protection but also helping restore a person’s smile.
A root coverage graft may be completed using tissue adjacent to the receded area or tissue from another site, such as the palate (the roof of the mouth). Dr. Alan Meltzer performs both pedicle grafts (or reconstructive flaps) and free grafts for clients throughout the Tri-State Area.
Voorhees Root Coverage Periodontist
A root coverage gum graft allows a stable band of proper gum tissue (gingiva) to be placed around a tooth or teeth to cover exposed portions of roots. Root coverage procedures help develop gum tissue where needed to make teeth or dental implants look more natural.
Some people suffer from excess gum tissue which can easily and frequently be corrected through the use of a laser, but many others are embarrassed because of receding gums that expose defects in their teeth. Root coverage grafting can correct these issues to help restore confidence.
Dr. Meltzer of the Advanced Oral Specialty Group has over three decades of experience performing cosmetic periodontal and dental implant procedures. Call (856) 772-9444 today to schedule an appointment.