Gingival recession can lead to increased sensitivity of the tooth, increased incidences of root surface caries, impairment in oral hygiene measure and an unappealing look. Individuals that get recession tend to have thinner tissues and consequently are more vulnerable to developing these recessions. In addition, periodontal disease and/or excessive trauma could contribute to the development of recession.
A connective tissue graft is a gingival augmentation procedure that uses the patient’s own tissue (usually taken from the palate) to graft directly onto the recessed area. As a result, the graft will cover the denuded area, reduce further recession, and protect the tooth against decay.