Gum Graft on Cavity

Is it possible to perform a gum graft on a cavity (the cavity is not caused by carious, but due to trauma)? Would the gum attach? Or is it mandatory to drill, and fill the cavity with a composite, and then perform the gum graft? (The cavity can't be seen on the x-ray as it is just superficial, chipped enamel.)

Doctor Answers 3

Gum graft over cavity

Yes you certainly can graft soft tissue into a cavity after it is cleaned out and excavated. This will result in a more natural long term healing result. There are limits to the type of cavity so you would need to take this up with your periodontist 

Toronto Periodontist
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Less Dentistry is Better

Chipped enamel may just need to be smoothed and polished, then gum grafts, which stick to roots, not enamel, are a separate question.  Dentists and periodontists can be very creative, depending on the details and how you want it to look.

Steve Carstensen, DDS
Bellevue Dentist
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Gum graft

I think it's probably best, depending on the size and position, to repair the tooth with composite. After the tooth is restored to ideal shape, then see a periodontist about the possible need for grafting.

Paul D. Kantor, DDS
Cleveland Dentist
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