Gum Tissue Graft

Gum Tissue Graft - Hilton Head Island, SC


 Gum tissue grafts are performed to treat gum disease, or correct other abnormalities. Lowcountry Periodontics and Dental Implants offer gum tissue grafts and gum disease treatment to the Hilton Head Island and Lowcountry, SC community. The procedure involves taking gum tissue from the palate or another donor source to cover an exposed root in order to even the gum line and reduce sensitivity. Periodontal procedures are available at Lowcountry Periodontics and Dental Implants in Hilton Head, SC to stop further dental problems and gum recession, and to improve the esthetics of your gum line. For example, an exposed tooth root resulting from gum recession may not be causing you pain or sensitivity, but is causing one or more of your teeth to look longer than the others. In other cases, an exposed tooth rooth causes sever pain because it is exposed to extremes in temperatures or different kinds of food and liquids. Once contributing factors are controlled, a soft tissue graft procedure will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

What you need to know about gum grafting

Your gums function as support and protection for your teeth. They cover the sensitive roots of your teeth and contain fibers and ligaments which help to hold your teeth in place. They also help give you a beautiful smile. But sometimes gums can recede due to aging or diminish due to periodontal disease. Gum grafting is a common procedure to restore your gum tissue. Dr. Oppenheimer, DDS & Associates in Hilton Head, SC want you to know how gum grafting can help you.

Over time, your gums (gingiva) can recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. You may experience gum recession due to:

  • Aging and genetics
  • Grinding or clenching
  • Poor dental appliances
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Bad brushing technique
  • Using a hard toothbrush

Dr. Oppenheimer may suggest gum grafting to help with:

  • Reducing tooth sensitivity from exposed roots
  • Stabilizing and supporting teeth
  • Restoring gum tissue lost to periodontal disease
  • Improving the health of your gums and supporting bone
  • Enhancing the look of your smile

There are several methods of gum grafting, including connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts and dermal matrix grafts.

Connective tissue gum grafts use a sample of tissue taken from underneath the surface tissue on your palate. The tissue is then stitched over the area of gum recession.

Free gingival grafts are similar to connective tissue grafts, except the tissue is taken from surface tissue on your palate.

Dermal matrix grafts use skin and tissue from medical facilities as the donor material. These grafts are common and have the advantage of only one surgery site.


If you are looking to improve your smile a gum tissue graft may be the answer for you. Call Lowcountry Periodontics and Dental Implants in Hilton Head Island to
schedule an appointment  (843) 842-5005.

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