How Gum Grafting Treats Receding Gums

For people with receding gums, gum grafts can treat the issue. Gum grafting to replace lost gum tissue is one of the most common procedures in the US.

Gum recession is a common problem. Yet, gum recession is not something you should ignore. That’s because gum recession can be the result or lead to health issues. Treatments such as gum grafting can repair your gums and prevent further harm. 

woman smiling.What causes gums to recede?

Gum recession occurs when the tissue that surrounds your teeth wears away. Gums pull away from the tooth’s surface exposing enamel and the root. Receding gums cause gaps to form between teeth and the gum line. This creates space for bacteria to collect. Once harmful bacteria collects in gum pockets, your risk of tooth decay, sensitivity, and bone loss increases. 


There are a few factors that can cause gums to recede, including:

  • Genetic predispositions make some of us more susceptible to gum disease and recession.
  • Wear and tear associated with aging. 
  • Aggressive tooth brushing can cause tooth enamel to wear away and gums to recede.
    Read more about healthy home care for your teeth. 
  • Advancing tooth decay and tooth loss increases your risk for gum recession. 
  • Periodontal disease which is a bacterial infection of the gums. Over time, periodontal disease can destroy gum tissue and the supporting bones. 

Gum grafting effectively treats receding gums

Gum grafts treat gum recession by replacing the lost tissue around your teeth. When you restore the health of your gum tissue you improve your oral health.

If you think you have receding gums, make an appointment with Dr. Frahm. She will measure the pockets around your teeth to diagnose any gum problems. If your gum recession is in the early stages, she may recommend curettage periodontal treatment. Curettage is performed here, in our dental office, by Stacey who directs our clinical hygiene department. If surgical care is required to restore your dental health, Dr. Frahm will recommend a periodontal specialist.

Other advantages of gum grafting

Gum grafting gives you the best chance of treating advanced gum recession, gum disease, and improving your overall oral health. It also reduces your risk of additional cavities and decreases tooth sensitivity. According to the Cleveland Clinic, gum grafting has a treatment success rate of over 90%. 

It’s a plus that gum grafting improves the appearance of your smile. By evening out an uneven gum line gum grafts frame your teeth with symmetry. Most importantly, gum grafts cover exposed tooth roots. This reduces your risk for tooth loss and  protects your teeth from decay. 

When gum grafting is required to treat receding gums due to periodontal disease, chances are good that your dental insurance will cover the procedure. Be sure to talk to your dental insurance provider to find out what’s covered and if there are any out-of-pocket expenses. You can also discuss payment options with our dental care team. 

Let our team of dental care experts help you attain your most vibrant smile. Please call 831-372-8011 today or contact our concierge care team to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sarah Frahm. We serve patients throughout the communities of Monterey, Carmel, and Pebble Beach. 

About Dr. Frahm

Dr. Frahm received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2003. She completes more than 100 hours of postdoctoral training each year; earning recognition from dental experts around the country for her knowledge in the areas of cosmetic, general and restorative dentistry. Dr. Frahm is committed to providing you with excellent, comprehensive dental care. Dr. Frahm uses advanced dental techniques and technology to ensure your comfort and lasting results.

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