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Monday, October 20, 2014
Gum graft surgery
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!
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.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University