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Gum grafting involves taking a thin layer of gum tissue and placing it at the base of a tooth in order to slow gum regression. It also increases the area of gum attached to the tooth, which helps stabilize it. Two techniques are generally used: connective tissue grafts and Alloderm grafts. Ask your dentist for more information on how these may apply to you.
The success rate of this type of procedure is excellent, and its benefits can last a lifetime if the patient continues to maintain good oral hygiene.
A bone graft replaces missing jawbone using natural, artificial or synthetic bone material. The aim is to restore the jawbone and create sufficient size and shape to permit the insertion of prostheses or dental implants. In some cases, it may be helpful to stabilize teeth that have become loose due to aperiodontal (gum) disease.
There are different types of bone that can be grafted to the affected areas, and several factors will influence the dentist’s decision.