Definition - What does Gingival Graft mean?
Gum recession is responsible for the exposure of tooth roots, and Gingival grafts, otherwise known as gum grafts or periodontal surgery, corrects this problem by repairing and hindering further recession and bone loss. As its name implies, gingival graft surgery uses gum grafts to cover the exposed roots or restore the gingival tissue where it is recessed extensively. Those grafts are thin pieces of gum tissue and are harvested by the periodontist from the roof of the patient’s mouth or another donor area.
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Gingival grafts can be applied either to a single tooth or several teeth to even out the gum line and relieve the patient from teeth sensitivity. In some circumstances, it can even protect the teeth from cavities. After gum graft surgery, the patient could be advised to use a special mouthwash or to change temporally her/his food habits and to avoid chewing for a couple of weeks. In order to speed the recovery, a bandage or a dressing may be applied over the graft. The area surrounding the graft might be swollen and sore; however, the patients are able to return to their daily activities the next day after surgery.