One form of specialist gum surgery involves the restoration of gum defects or gum recession.
Often, these lesions can be quite disfiguring, particularly when they affect the upper front teeth. The process involves taking ‘spare’ gum tissue from concealed areas of the mouth (eg in the palate where it will grow back) and grafting it into areas where it is insufficient. The graft is attached to the surrounding gum tissue and allowed to heal. Once healed, the graft is usually indistinguishable from its neighbouring tissue.
This particular form of surgery can make a dramatic improvement to the aesthetic profile of the front teeth and is fast becoming a very common procedure.