Healthy gums should be snug against the teeth, although sometimes they can recede. This may be caused either because gums are of poor quality or really thin. The surface of the root can even be exposed and age a healthy smile. A dentist might suggest to you a gum graft. This simple surgery consists in harvesting a piece of gum of the palate and carefully stitching it to a site to improve the quality of the gum. A screen or palatal guard is usually custom made for your comfort to wear during the healing process. Some pain is to be expected but is usually mild. The healing process takes about 1 week.
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