Tissue grafting can be done to address receding gums, which can help to prevent bone loss that would jeopardize the root surface of the teeth. Grafting can also be used to improve the look of your smile, and in some cases may be the only way to achieve an esthetically pleasing outcome. This procedure involves taking gum tissue from another area of the mouth and placing it in the area of recession. The area is sutured and given time to heal. Your doctor will let you know when the area is fully recovered. Once healed, your gums will be returned to a healthy level that protects the underlying area and results in an improved smile.