A gingival graft (also called gum graft or periodontal plastic surgery) is a
generic name for any of a number of surgical periodontal procedures whose
combined aim is to cover an area of exposed tooth root surface with grafted oral
tissue. The covering of exposed root surfaces accomplishes a number of
objectives: the prevention of further root exposure, decreased or eliminated
sensitivity, decreased susceptibility to root caries, and improved appearance.
These procedures are usually performed by a dental specialist in the field of
gingival tissue, known as a periodontist, but may be performed by a general
dentist who has had training in these procedures.
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