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 am very satisfied working with Dr. Arrington and Carolyn. I believe Carolyn is truly sensitive to my anxiety when she cleans my teeth and that is very important to me. Being comfortable with care providers and trusting them is a major concern for me. The overall staff here has my confidence.
- Melody W
Dr. Kim and his staff are truly amazing people. From the time I first visited the practice with Dr. Strickland and Carolyn doing my cleaning, I have never had any complaints and appreciate the care, concern and follow up I have received. Thanks to all of you.
- Julie R
Excellent Care provide. Meets all of my expectations. Would recommend this office to anyone that would need this service.
- Linda E
I'm very pleased! Dr. Kim is very professional and an excellent periodontist and I would recommend him to anyone! Glad we have him in Rocky Mount!
- Janie W
Dr. Arrington and team are 100% wonderful and very, very nice. They treated me great and was there for me when I needed them. Would definitely recommend them to everyone!
- Krystal F
I have the best dentist. When they recommended Rocky Mount Peridontics and Implant Center, I knew I would be in good hands. I was, and have now been going for many years. Friendly yet professional. I have always been satisfied and can't imagine being in better hands. They do what is best for their clients!
- Kay o
I have been a patient of this office for many years. The doctors and staff are the greatest!!! Yall have helped me tremendously and I truly appreciate all of your kindness and helpfulness. Carolyn is the best on cleaning and scaling and takes her job very seriously....I appreciate it. Dr. Strickland and Dr. Kim have also been very caring, concerned and very helpful to me. Thanks to all of you. I love you all dearly.
- Judy J
I am always happy to be treated here because everyone is very pleasant and very proficient.
- Denise W
A good experience. Was well done.
- ashton f
had a wonderful experience with my graft procedure! The entire staff was very helpful and nice. I have to drive 45 minutes and it is worth the drive for this office. I would recommend this office to anyone.
- Alvin S
This is the best dental office I have ever been to with hardly no waiting time. The doctors and staff are very professional in how they treat me as a patient. Very understanding and willing to answer all my questions and any concerns I might have. Would definitely recommend to anyone!
- Angela L
Two surgeries were done, the first went very well and the staff answered all my questions. The second surgery was more entailed and I felt the staff seemed rushed with the procedure. The post check up appointments were good and all questions were answered.
- Laura C
I was very nervous and had heard horror stories about gum grafting. My experience was very good. I had little to no pain after surgery and even after the pain medication wore off had little discomfort.
- Donna W
Happy with The staff and Doctor. No complaints
- Bob c
- Alaina B
It's a friendly atmosphere here and there's always great explanations when I need information.
- Karla H
Always courteous and professional every time I come. I feel very relaxed when I come here and I know I'm getting a great cleaning from my hygienist! No complaints at all!
- Cindy B
Very professional and thorough. I give Dr Kim, Debbie, and staff a 6 star rating!!
- Sam F
Dr. Arrington and the entire team are detailed, friendly, compassionate and are always available. The pre and post procedure instructions are well delineated and easy to follow.
- Krista M
Highly satisfied with my care.
- Scott T