Root Coverage

When there is gum recession, the root of the tooth often shows and is unsightly. Gum grafting is needed to restore health (See Gum Recession), but root coverage may also be desired to improve appearance. This is generally accomplished with a connective tissue graft, which provides new attached gingiva while covering the root surface. (See Root Coverage - Detailed).

Recession of canine gum
producing a "fang-like" appearance

Complete root coverage with
normal gum contour


Front tooth with unsightly
root exposed

Improved cosmetics after
root coverage



Root coverage of upper premolars, left and right


Unsightly anterior recession


Recession corrected with root coverage procedure


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