Teeth with exposed roots

Gum Graft

Gum recession can cause a host of serious dental problems, including root decay, bone loss, and tooth mobility.

With a gum graft, Dr. Steven K. Rubisch can cover exposed teeth roots and bring the gum line back to its original position.

Learn more about how the team at Avenue B Dental Group in Yuma, AZ, can restore your confidence and oral health...

Teeth with exposed roots

Gum Recession and Dental Health

If you notice that your teeth appear longer than they used to or you often have dental sensitivity to heat and cold, you may have gum recession. This dental condition occurs gradually over time and can be caused by any number of factors including genetics, gum disease, aggressive brushing, and certain medical conditions. According to the CDC, smokers are four times more likely to develop gum recession.

If you know that gum recession has occurred, it is important to understand that there is already bone loss present around any affected teeth. Fortunately, gum grafting can halt the progression of bone loss and preserve your periodontal health. During a consultation with our Yuma, AZ, dentist we can determine if this restorative surgery is right for you.

Gum grafting procedure

How Does a Gum Graft Work?

Comparison of gums before and after graft procedure

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Savanna Rose


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I’ve been a patient at Avenue B Dental Group for almost ten years. My teeth problems are very unique and Dr. Rubisch and his staff have helped make my youth and now teenage years as close to normal as possible. And when any mishaps with my appliance occurred we were able to call Dr. Rubisch and he fixed the problem right away. Even if he had to maybe stay late. I owe all my thanks to the Avenue B Dental Group!!

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I had the pleasure of being treated by Dr. Rubisch for extensive dental treatment. The staff is friendly and compassionate. The dental work was performed with tender loving care with surprisingly no pain involved. I cannot thank Dr. Rubisch and staff enough for the quality care that rises far above the rest. Kudos to Ave B Dental Group!!!

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Types of Gum Grafts

Connective Tissue Graft

The most common type of gum grafting, this surgery involves taking a small wedge of tissue from the roof of the mouth and transferring it to the area of deficiency. When harvesting the graft, our dentist makes a small incision in the palate and tissue is taken from the underlying subepithelial layer. The graft is placed underneath the existing gums and over the affected tooth. The gums are then repositioned and sutured into place.

Free Gingival Graft

Like a connective tissue graft, a free gingival graft involves taking tissue from the palate. But instead of removing subepithelial tissue, the graft is taken from the roof of the mouth before being placed over the exposed tooth root. This procedure is used when the gums are too thin for a connective tissue graft. While subepithelial tissue grafts are often placed in the smile zone, free gingival grafts are generally placed around the lower teeth.

Pedicle Graft

In this method, Dr. Rubisch will create a flap of gum tissue directly next to the affected tooth. The tissue is repositioned over the exposed tooth root and sutured in place. Using local gum tissue ensures that blood flow is retained during the entire procedure. To be eligible for this technique, you must have enough tissue in the donor area. If you have recession on multiple teeth, another type of graft may be recommended.

Dr. Steven K. Roubisch

Avenue B Dental Group

Dr. Steven K. Rubisch has been practicing since 1984 and holds several distinctions, including:

  • Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD)
  • Member of the American Dental Association
  • Recognized with the AGD's prestigious Fellowship award
  • Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Contact us online or call our Yuma, AZ, office at (928) 344-3067 to schedule an appointment today.

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