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Gum Diseases

Gum graft surgery

07/07/2008

Question:

I have exposed metal line around my porcelain crown on the front tooth, and gum seems to recede there (about 2-3mm). Will you recommend gum graft procedure to fix this problem? Or you would rather advise to replace crown (unfortunately it is part of a bridge)? Thank you for response!

Answer:

Generally, we are not very successful in closing exposed root surfaces when we have a metal-ceramic restoration on it. A soft tissue graft that we place does not like the metal surface, will not adhere to it, and metal will be still exposed.

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University