A gum graft may be necessary to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession, or you may choose to have it to improve the appearance of your smile.

A gum tissue graft also makes the gum around an implant look more natural and is important for front teeth implants.

Gum recession is the process in which the tissue that surrounds the teeth or implants pulls away from a tooth or a dental implant, exposing more of the tooth or the dental implant. This can cause damage to supporting bone and be painful when attempting to clean.

Gum recession is a common dental problem; it affects 4% to 12% of adults and often goes unnoticed until it becomes more severe.

Many people don’t even notice that their gums have receded, because it is a gradual process. An exposed tooth root can cause tooth sensitivity, especially when eating cold or hot foods. Untreated severe gum recession can eventually cause tooth loss.