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Gum Grafting Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Gum grafting: I recently had bone grafting done.

After the procedure, the doctor informed me that gum grafting would not be an option because my gums didn't have enough tissue with blood flow and that the grafting would not work on me.

Are there any other options? I have a very low gum line due to gingivitus. ... Visitor from TX

Answer:
I'm afraid that the doctor who did the bone grafting may be right that tissue is not possible to replace in this area.

I work with a periodontist in Austin who does a procedure called a tunnel technique where he is able to place grafted gum tissue through a "tunnel" into already healthy tissue.

You might see a periodontist and ask if this is possible for you.

There is also the possibility of making "fake" gum tissue that would snap onto the front of your teeth at the gumline. It is made out of pink removable material.

Or you could have crowns made that are white where the teeth should be and have pink porcelain where the gum tissue should be.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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