Tissue Grafts Can Help With Receding Gums

Receding gums have the potential to wreak havoc on your mouth. If you or anyone you know has receding gums, you should not suffer in silence. Our periodontist, Dr. James Matia, can repair the condition with tissue grafting.

Why Receding Gums are Such a Problem

When gums recede, they expose the root of the teeth, causing them to look overly long or oddly shaped. Gum recession will subject exposed teeth to damage over the years. It is imperative that you address this problem at the outset so it doesn't spiral out of control.

How Tissue Grafts Help

A tissue graft is an excellent solution to the issue of receding gums. It protects your smile and improves its appearance. This procedure requires moving soft tissue from one part of the mouth and connecting it to the receding gums. The result is teeth and gums are stabilized and the likeliness for tooth loss greatly decreases.

Types of Tissue Grafting

There are unique variations of tissue grafting procedures, each designed for particular circumstances. Connective tissue grafting is the most common. It involves the creation of a small flap along the roof of the mouth that allows soft tissue to be pulled from below and connected to the receding gums. Our highly skilled and trained Periodontist makes the determination of what type of graft would be best for you based on your individual needs.


Once the tissue graft has been performed, you might feel some tenderness in your mouth. It is also recommended that patients consume a diet of soft foods until the gum tissue has healed. Our in-house periodontist will prescribe medications based on the patient to minimize the chance of infection and to aid in discomfort. Do not shrug off your receding gums or any other oral health care red flags. If you have any concerns regarding your teeth, gums or mouth, do not hesitate to reach out to us to schedule an appointment with our dentists. Great Lakes Dental can be reached by dialing 440-255-3111. We do it all, from tissue grafts to bonding, dental implants, teeth whitening, sealants, fluoride treatment and beyond.