This minor surgical procedure increases the amount of attached gum tissue around one or more teeth. The goal is to prevent future gum recession and in some cases to cover roots of teeth where recession has already occurred. Benefits include improved appearance, reduced risk of decay in the roots of teeth, and decreased sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods. The procedure takes approximately one hour and is followed two weeks later by removal of your sutures. Since it only requires local anesthesia, most people resume their normal schedule the same day.