Gum Grafting Yonkers Westchester Periodontist

Michael Schacter D.M.D., P.C. Gum Grafting, Yonkers Westchester, NY


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Periodontal Disease Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

While current research does not yet provide evidence of a causal relationship between the two diseases, scientists have identified biologic factors, such as chronic inflammation, that independently link periodontal disease to the development or progression of cardiovascular disease in some patients. - PRNews wire.


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Michael A. Schacter, D.M.D., P.C. of Yonkers, NY specializes in the care and treatment of the supporting structures of the teeth and implant dentistry.

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Dr. Schacter maintains an active membership in many professional associations. He was recognized as a “Top Dentist” in Westchester County Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018

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Exposed root  surfaces.

What is Gum Grafting?  

 A number of things can contribute to gum recession including periodontal disease and excessive tooth brushing, and while the problem starts out as cosmetic in nature, it can lead to serious health issues if not addressed. Gum grafts use either soft or hard tissue, depending on the location, to restore the gum line.

Is Gum Graft Needed?  

Genetically, we all have different widths and thicknesses of attached gingiva. Some people are born with thin or insufficient attached gingiva. In these cases the gum slowly continues to recede over time, even though the patient may be very dedicated to oral health. This situation is not an infection, as seen with periodontal disease, but it still needs to be treated as such.

Unfortunately, when gums recede, bone recession is occurring at the same time. This is caused because the bone, which is just under the gum, will not allow itself to become exposed to the oral cavity. As a result, it moves down with the gum.


Soft Tissue (Gum) Grafting


Gingival graft or Gum  Grafting


Gum Grafting is a generic name for any of a number of surgical periodontal procedures whose combined aim is to cover an area of exposed tooth root surface with grafted oral tissue. The covering of exposed root surfaces accomplishes a number of objectives: the prevention of further root exposure, decreased or eliminated sensitivity, decreased susceptibility to root caries and cosmetic improvement. These procedures are usually performed by a dental specialists in the field of gingival tissue, known as a periodontist, but may be performed by a general dentist having training in these procedure

Gum grafts are one of the most delicate procedures performed in dentistry today. Gum grafts can help reduce gum recession and bone loss. Aside from a better smile, you may also notice reduced tooth sensitivity and improved dental health after a successful gum graft.



Protecting Exposed  Roots


Exposed roots are the result of gum recession. Perhaps you wish to enhance your smile by covering one or more of these roots that make your teeth appear too long. Or, maybe you're not bothered by the appearance of these areas, but you cringe because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids.

Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment we can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem. Once these contributing factors are controlled, a soft tissue graft procedure will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.


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Recession associated with a lack of attached gingiva.

After placement of a gum graft, adequate attached gingiva to prevent further bone/tissue loss.








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  • We offer surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapy.
  • Contact Michael A. Schacter, D.M.D., P.C. today at 914-963-7700
  • "Top Dentist” in Westchester County Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • "Top Dentist” in Westchester County Magazine in 2018
  • We care about you as well as your Periodontal Health
  • Dr. Schacter specializes in placing dental implants
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