Periodontics & Oral Surgery of Manhattan Beach
Dr. Caden Lim, DMD, MPH

How Is Recession Treated?

The most common procedure, the subepithelial connective tissue graft (commonly referred to as a CTG), will accomplish the following:

  • Provide Root Coverage
  • Create a wide zone of gum tissue
  • Protect and preserve the underlying remaining bone
  • Prevent further bone loss; reduce sensitivity, cover the roots after cavities have been removed.

Prior to beginning the procedures, the area is numbed using local anesthetic. The tooth is cleaned and the gum tissue is lifted. A small incision is made on the roof of your mouth. The inside lining of the gum tissue is carefully removed. This area is sutured closed. The graft is slipped under the lifted tissue. Two stitches are placed on the roof of the mouth and two are placed to attach the graft. Dressings are placed on both areas to protect them for two weeks. Once the dressings are removed, new young tissue attaches to the root of the surface. The color of the new tissue matures with time and matches the surrounding tissue.  A natural appearance is the final result.

Before The gum tissue is lifted
The graft is slipped under the lifted
Final healing




Caden Lim, DMD, MPH 
Periodontics & Oral Implants of Manhattan Beach
500 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Suite 306
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone 310 545 7079                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Fax 310 798 7191