The teeth may get all of the glory, but the gums are just as important in determining the quality of a smile’s appearance. Gums that are overly prominent, uneven or asymmetrical detract from a smile, even when the patient has perfectly straight teeth. Receding gums can be unattractive, too.
Cosmetic gum grafting is a good solution for patients whose gums have a negative effect on their smiles. In this procedure, the dentist can take tissue from the roof of a patient’s mouth and place that tissue in a location that extends or evens out the gumline or replaces gum tissue that has receded.
As with a bone graft, tissue for a gum graft can also be obtained from a donor cadaver or an artificial material that mimics periodontal tissue can also be used.