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What type of gum graft actually results in forming new gingival attachment to the tooth root? what type does not?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
The dentist, not the: There are many different types of gum grafts and many different procedures. The success or failure of a gum graft is more dependent on the skill of the surgeon and the proper selection of the cases to graft. Your general health, ability to follow up with proper oral hygiene and the instructions by your surgeon would also be crucial. Discuss with your surgeon and leave the details to him\her.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
May need 2 : To predictably achieve root coverage you need attached gingiva and then reposition it. If there is adequate amounts of attached gingiva (the thick gum) you only need a connective tissue graft. If you re missing it you need a free gingival grab to reform the attached gingiva. Heal. Then do a repositioning and a connective tissue graft. http://www.smithtownsmiles.com/services/gum-recession-treatment.
Dr. Jason Cataldo
dentistry - Periodontics 25 years experience
All of them: Whether using a gingival graft, a connective tissue graft, or an allograft (from another human) - all of them result in new attachment to the root. Your periodontist can help you to decide which is most appropriate depending on your needs.
Dr. Robert Devin
Dentistry 48 years experience
Gum attachment: This question is very astute. All soft tissue grafts attempt to re-attach to the root of the tooth. If the graft didn't why do it? But to answer you Q/A. A free connective tissue graft gives the best and most aesthetic result. My wife had 2 done with excellent results.

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