Gum Grafting of a Six-year Molar in Portsmouth, NH
Upper first molars, also known as 6-year molars, are prone to gum recession because they bulge out of the dental arch slightly. They are very important teeth to maintain for chewing function since they are the largest teeth in our mouths. They have three roots, and recession can uncover the notch (furcation) between them, leading to plaque accumulation and root decay or gum infections. So we prefer to rebuild lost tissue with a connective tissue graft before the notch is exposed, as is the situation in today’s case. Our patient was happily surprised to see that we could totally cover his root and prevent future recession. His molar should now be good for a lifetime.