You May Need a Gum Graft If:

When you have receding gums, it may be due to periodontal disease, and you are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jody Vance in Springfield, MO as soon as possible. You may need a gum graft under the following conditions:

• Root exposure
• Sensitive teeth
• Aesthetic problems
• Gum disease
• Bone loss
• Deteriorating gums

Get Treatment for Gum Recession Today!

Types of Gum Grafting Procedures

The type of gum graft performed will depend on your unique situation and the degree of periodontal disease you may have. The three types of gum grafts are:


• Connective tissue grafts
• Free gingival grafts
• Pedicle grafts

Cosmetic Benefits of a Gum Graft in Springfield, MO

Many people undergo a gum grafting procedure for aesthetic reasons. If your teeth appear very large and you are self-conscious about your smile, you may benefit from a gum graft. The three types of gum grafting procedures are:

  • Connective tissue grafts – These are performed to treat root exposure and involve creating a flap of skin in the roof to the mouth, collecting a tissue sample from beneath the flap, and then stitching the excised tissue over the exposed area. Existing gum tissue grows with the grafted tissue to create a new gum line.
  • Free gingival grafts - These involve excising tissue directly from the roof of the mouth and then attaching the graft to the gums in need. This is commonly performed on patients that have very thin gums.
  • Pedicle grafts - The grafted sample in this procedure is taken from tissue near the tooth that needs to be repaired and is a preferred method for patients that have plenty of gum tissue available.

In some cases, Dr. Vance may source grafting material from a tissue bank or use synthetic materials.

Fix Receding Gums

Receding gums are one of the most noticeable side effects of periodontal disease and may be accompanied by tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums, and bad breath. You need to have gum recession repaired to prevent further bone and gum deterioration, and to reduce the risk of root surface decay.

If periodontal disease has caused your receding gums, then treatment for this condition will need to occur prior to gum grafting. For more information about periodontal disease treatments and gum grafting options, schedule your appointment in Springfield, MO with Dr. Vance today!