When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.
When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.
before and after gum grafting
In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When significant, gum recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.
A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.
Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center
I have always had excellent care.
- Patricia C
- Kathy S
I always have professional care.
- Larry D
Dr. Ford did the first skin grafting and Dr. Kim did the last grafting procedure. I did very well with the procedure and had no problems.
- Kenneth H
I had gum tissue grafting done with Dr. Kim. People Immediately started telling me how painful it would be. You’ll be out of work due to pain afterwards ect. I must say those ppl were completely wrong. I was back at work next day only medication needed was antibiotic and mouth rinse. There was no pain and areas where tissue was removed for grafting healed quickly. During the process you feel absolutely nothing. And where the tissue was removed and you rub it with your tongue it feels like...”after” you have burned inside of your mouth on a hot slice of pizza. So nothing bad at all. Dr. Kim has a great easy going staff to make your visit much more relaxing than you think it will be!
- Betty Jo T
I had skin grafting done by Dr. Kim and I pleasantly surprised of how well I got along with the procedure.
- Shealia G
Procedure time was exactly as explained. Site in roof of mouth where donor tissue was taken was significantly more painful with increased healing time from what I initially anticipated. Never had any difficulty or pain at actual graft site.
- Karen G
Took a little longer for final graft to heal in the roof of the mouth, but got along fine. I have had good results from all grafts and everything seems to be fully healed.
- Laura C
Always have a great experience!
- Ann T
I was a little apprehensive about having gum grafting done. I had always heard "horror" stories about it, but Dr. Arrington and her staff put my fears at ease. They were all so kind and considerate. Dr. Arrington explained everything so that I knew exactly what to expect. The staff assisting her was always accommodating to every need. I would recommend this office to anyone needing gum grafting or any other procedures that Dr, Arrington preforms.
- Lesley F
I have been coming to Rocky Mt Periodontics & Implant Center for 20 years & have had nothing but great experiences. The doctors & staff are easy to talk to & work with. I've had (2) dental implants & multiple tissue grafts & my results have always been great. I would highly recommend Rocky Mt Periodontics & Implant Center!
- long time patient
The dental surgeries that Dr Kim performs are excellent and top notch. Staff members are very welcoming and professional . Dr Kim also explains the projected outcome of the intended surgery and continues with excellent follow-up to ensure patient satisfaction.
- Kim W
My experiences in this office have been outstanding. The superior professionalism, courtesy, and skill provided by the staff have made this the only place I will ever go when I need these services. I highly recommend coming here; you won't regret it. UPDATE: I had another procedure and it was as wonderful as the first. They saw me on short notice and reassured me everything was healing nicely. No charge for the extra visit.
- Ann T
I had the BEST experience! Dr. Kim and his staff are wonderful and so caring, skilled and excellent providers! I highly recommend Dr. Kim for periodontal care and will gladly come back for further treatments as needed.
- Kimberly M
Very professional and competent practice. Always have the sense they know what they are doing and have the patient's best interest at heart. Dr. Kim does not lack for energy and enthusiasm.
- Mike W
Great experience and staff.
- Ramona G
Excellent customer services, staff and doctors are very friendly. I was amazed that at each appointment I received the same excellent services with little to no wait time.
- Patricia S
I have been coming to this office for 30+ years and I am very satisfied.
- Fred L
- Sheila A
The staff is professional.
- Joe W