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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Bone & Gum Grafting

Bone loss in the jawbone is common when one or more teeth have been lost due to injury, decay, or trauma.  Without the tooth in place to stimulate the jawbone, the bone around the missing tooth will begin to deteriorate.  Over time, the jawbone may deteriorate to such an extent that there may not be enough bone to place dental implants.  In cases such as these, your dentist may recommend having a bone grafting procedure. 

Bone grafting is the replacement or augmentation of missing bone around the teeth.  


Gum grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. During gum graft surgery, Dr. Crispin Horng will either takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.


Cause of Gum Recession:

Periodontal (gum) disease is a common cause of gum recession. From inadequate oral hygiene, genetic makeup, hormone changes, diabetes and other illnesses, these are all factors that can increase your risk of initial infection. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that smokers are four times more likely to develop gum disease compared to nonsmokers. Most kinds of tobacco products can increase your risk in this way. 


Other reasons for gum recession include an aggressive or improper brushing technique, the extreme force put on your teeth from grinding or clenching and occasionally the unusual forces brought on by misaligned teeth.


Benefits of Gum Grafts:

In addition to stopping the process of gum recession and bone loss, gum grafts can reduce tooth sensitivity (especially to hot and cold foods) and protect the roots of your teeth from root decay. Gum grafts also result in a more even gumline, giving you the benefit of smiling and speaking without self-consciousness over the appearance of your teeth.


With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, Pinhole Surgical Technique can be a permanent solution to gum recession.


For more information, please contact ADG Dental at 604.738.3803 or email us at


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