Root Coverage

When there is gum recession, the root of the tooth often shows and is unsightly. Gum grafting is needed to restore health, but root coverage may also be desired to improve appearance. This is generally accomplished with a connective tissue graft, which provides new attached gingiva while covering the root surface.

Correcting Gum Recession

recession

Recession of canine gum producing a “fang-like” appearance
root coverage

Complete root coverage with normal gum contour

front tooth root exposed

Front tooth with unsightly root exposed
After Root Coverage

Improved cosmetics after root coverage

upper premolar
upper premolar
upper molar
upper premolar
Root coverage of upper premolars, left and right

anterior recession
anterior recession
Unsightly anterior recession

recession corrected
recession corrected
Recession corrected with root coverage procedure