submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design
The goal of good and ethical dentists should be to help their patients maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime. Because teeth are attached to the gums, it is necessary to maintain healthy gums in order to hold on to those teeth.
The dentist has many procedures and tools at his disposal to aid in achieving this goal. One of them, gum grafting, has proven to be very successful. Gum grafts are routinely performed by specialists (periodontists) and also general dentists who have taken advanced training. Several issues indicate that a gum graft may be in order.