Root Coverage Grafting

Dr. Moulton specializes in caring for patients who need root coverage grafts. In fact, it is one of his favorite types of treatment to offer to his patients. Depending upon the type and severity of your specific periodontal defect, there are several different types of root coverage treatments available.

Sometimes the supportive tissue around your tooth is too thin to support the root of your tooth properly.  When this occurs, your dentist or hygienist may tell you that you have “thin tissue” or “a lack of attached tissue”.  Another word you may hear at your regular cleanings is “recession.”  Recession occurs when the supportive tissue around your tooth moves down or away from the tooth often exposing the root.  Recession can cause sensitivity to hot or cold liquids, an increase in cavities, and eventually may even lead to tooth loss because your tooth has lost the support it needs. The tooth becomes mobile and bone loss occurs at the root level. 

Thin tissue and recession are very common.  In fact, these conditions account for at least one third of the patients treated in our practice.  Many patients experience very few, if any, symptoms with this type of periodontal disease.  However, just because it doesn’t hurt, doesn’t mean that it isn’t a serious condition!  If your dentist or hygienist is concerned about your gum tissue… you should be too.

Dr. Moulton specializes in caring for patients who need root coverage grafts.  In fact, it is one of his favorite types of treatment to offer to his patients.  Depending upon the type and severity of your specific periodontal defect, there are several different types of root coverage treatments available. Dr. Moulton enjoys sitting down with his patients during an oral examination to determine which type of grafting procedure will give each individual the most predictable, best esthetic, long term outcome.

Gingival Recession

Connective Tissue Graft

Free Gingival Graft

Frenectomy

Pinhole Surgical Technique

When you come in for a Root Coverage Graft Evaluation, Dr. Moulton may recommend any of the following types of grafting procedures to return you to full periodontal health:

PST

Pinhole Surgical Technique

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Allograft

Millions of allograft procedures have been done with excellent safety and outcome. Dr. Moulton has successfully been using allograft tissue in our practice since 2009 when he was certified by Dr. Edward Pat Allen in Periodontal Plastic Surgery.

Palatal tissue

There are some cases where palatal tissue grafting has advantages over other techniques. We will discuss the options and the pros and cons. We can weigh these pros/cons and help you make the best decision on the type of treatment you should proceed with.

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