Canadian Academy of Periodontology

The foundation of a healthy smile

Gum graft

A gum graft (also called free gingival graft) increases the attached tissue and stops the progression of recessions.

It is placed at the base of the tooth and does not cover the already exposed root surface.

The success rate of this procedure is excellent and its benefits should last a lifetime. Healing can be compromised with smokers.

A graft is a thin piece of gum tissue usually taken from the roof of the mouth. Its main purpose is to stop the progression of the recession.

The graft is usually placed at the base of the recession, to strengthen the attached tissue and prevent further recession.

This is a picture showing some recession and thin attached tissue.

This is the same tooth after a graft successfully increased the attached tissue.

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