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 

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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