« At the Clinic of Periodontics and Implantology , we have developed expertise in the area of gingival grafts with over 2000 teeth treated per year.”
CONNECTIVE TISSUE GRAFT
This technique is the one we use in more than 95% of the cases we treat.
It consists of taking connective tissue (the tissue under the superficial part of the skin) from the palate and stabilizing it under the gums at the site affected by the recession. With this technique, a maximal amount of the exposed root will be covered; thereby re-establishing esthetics and function. In addition, this specific procedure results in very little discomfort at the donor site (palate) compared to the conventional free gingival graft.
FREE GINGIVAL GRAFT
This grafting technique is the first to have been used to stabilize gingival recessions. It consists of taking a piece of tissue from the palate and to stabilize it at the base of the recession in order to improve the quantity and quality of the keratinized gingiva. This procedure does not typically result in great recession coverage. The esthetic result is usually less than optimal and the donor site (palate) is generally very uncomfortable in the days following the procedure. This type of grafts is used in less than 1% of the cases we treat at the clinic.
This technique is quite similar to the connective tissue graft, except that it does not require harvesting tissue from the palate. This material is actually taken from a human donor. Its use is very safe since all the cellular elements have been removed from the graft. In certain clinical situations, the result will be similar to the connective tissue graft. However, the healing will be slower and since there is no vitality to the tissue, it cannot be used in all scenarios and expected to perform as well as the connective tissue graft. The real advantage of this graft is that there is no donor site.