Gum Grafting

Treatment For Receding Gums

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.

Patient's mouth before gum grafting Patient's mouth after gum grafting
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.

The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.
Here are some more before (left pictures) and after (right pictures) photos from the gingival graft procedure:

BEFORE
AFTER

Patient's mouth before gum grafting Patient's mouth after gum grafting
Patient's mouth before gum grafting Patient's mouth after gum grafting

 

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Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 250 Gum Grafting reviews.

Patient Review by David T

I had a very large graft done on my whole lower jaw. I did not want to do this surgery as I had a horrible experience with a gum graft 20 years ago but I also did not want to lose my teeth. The first few days were a breeze. Then that pink putty thing came off and I had some discomfort. I called Dr. Kim and he did some type of laser on me and that immediately took the pain away! I never once used any pain meds other than my advil. If I ever need any gum work, I am coming back. Thank you Dr. Kim!

- David T

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Patient Review by Elaine W

Dr. Arrington and her assistant Kim were awesome, and answered all my questions thoroughly and patiently. The office staff were always pleasant and courteous.

- Elaine W

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Patient Review by Amber S

Awesome staff members. Everyone was very professional. Explained everything in detail and the Doctor even gave me her cell number if I needed anything.

- Amber S

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Patient Review by Donna T

They are fantastic the surgery was very easy and recovered with no problems. Healed very quickly. Thank you

- Donna T

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Patient Review by Beth D

The doctors and staff are top notch. The doctors take time to explain all and listen to questions without rushing you. The rest of the staff are all professional and friendly. I wish I could just visit these fine folks when I'm done with appointments, but maybe after Covid 19!! Highly recommend this practice!!

- Beth D

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Patient Review by lazora o

I WOULD RECOMMEND DR. ARRINGTON TO A FAMILY OR FRIEND THAT WAS SEEKING PERIODONTIC SERVICES, VERY PROFESSIONAL AND VERY FRIENDLY AT THE SAME TIME. LOVE THE STAFF ALSO.

- lazora o

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Patient Review by Bert D

Very happy and satisfied with Carolyn's professionalism and personal care.

- Bert D

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Patient Review by Johnathan B

The grafting procedure went well.

- Johnathan B

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Patient Review by Sandy P

Great experience in this office. The gum grafting has helped me keep my teeth!!

- Sandy P

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Patient Review by Jackie J

Very up to date office, and so caring about my dental needs.

- Jackie J

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Patient Review by Parker K

Very satisfied with the outcome of my graft and pain free.

- Parker K

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Patient Review by Sharon G

Very appreciative of the service because everyone went above and beyond. Very professional and every one reacted with me positively.

- Sharon G

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Patient Review by Hope O

I have always felt comfortable coming to this office from the first visit, even the day of surgery. I would recommend this office to anyone needing gum treatment.

- Hope O

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Patient Review by Amy B

The procedure went as planned with no complications.

- Amy B

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Patient Review by Sheila W

Found this office very professional and very thoughtful group of people. My regular was also very pleased with my gum grafting results.

- Sheila W

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Patient Review by Brenda W

Wonderful experience and a great staff. Everyone is very knowledgeable and kind. Would highly recommend this office!

- Brenda W

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Patient Review by Connor D

Overall a good experience.

- Connor D

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Patient Review by Nick D

Courteous and professional from start to finish. Highly recommended.

- Nick D

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Patient Review by Ashley J

Highly recommended office in the future.

- Ashley J

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Patient Review by Lisa M

Knowing that dental care, especially invasive care, is a bit of a fear factor for a lot of people the care of this practice makes such fears easily disappear. I highly, highly recommend coming here.

- Lisa M

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