Gingivitis and periodontitis has a profound negative effect on the gums. The longer gingivitis progresses without being treated, more bacteria and plaque builds up, causing the gums to stretch. The end result is large pockets on your gums that even once they are treated and cleaned out, remain unsightly on your gum line. These pockets cause the gums to recede, which show an abnormal amount of tooth structure and are aesthetically unattractive.
Gum grafting is the corrective procedure that restores the gum to its natural, healthy state after experiencing gingivitis. Dentists use soft gum tissue from the roof of the mouth to graft the receded gums. The goal of the graft is to cover unnatural exposed tooth and root surfaces with oral tissue grafts. This procedure encourages new tissue growth, which will enable the gums to return to its original position around the teeth. Gum grafting is a routine procedure and requires a minimal amount of downtime and discomfort for the patient.