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
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
I had a flawless experience and would definitely recommend this office.
- Barbara H
I was overall pleased with the experience of having a gum graft. Dr. Kim is a great periodontist and I would recommend him to anybody!
- Kristie L
I've been coming for 30 years, and everything has been good since the scaling and root planning cleaning. I've been seeing Carolyn for many years and she is more like family. Was seeing Dr. Strickland and I enjoyed seeing him. Now I see Dr .Kim and I enjoy him as well. Everything and everyone has been very pleasant.
- Joyce R
Great staff! Love Dr. Kim and Debbie. Always very friendly and very professional.
- Connie C
always friendly and helpful. Like not having to wait very long before being seen
- Liz P
I have been coming to this office for 20+ years and have always been pleased with the treatment I have gotten. The staff and doctors are all very personable, patient and willing to listen and answer any questions I might have. I would not hesitate to recommend this practice to any and everyone that needs this type of specialized care.
- Jane H
Everything I experienced was great. Dr. Kim and the staff was great. I would recommend Dr. Kim and his office to anyone needing a Perodontist or procedure done in his field.
- Ethan C
After being referred to Dr Kim, he suggested that I have skin graft. He and his staff were very thorough, friendly and professional. I knew what to expect and the results were excellent. Dr Kim's office followed me for two years with annual recalls. I have now been released. It's all good!
- Edward R
I have been a patient here for 35+ years and have had many gum grafts which I feel have helped me keep my teeth. I highly recommend this office for any gum treatment you might need!
- Miriam F
Over the last 10 years after having a gum graft all experiences very well pleased. The graft has done great helping to keep problems under control. I highly recommend this office.
- Joe V
Very good experience. Staff did a great job of making sure I was comfortable and at ease.
- Ruth T
I had a great experience
I found Dr. Kim and his staff extremely helpful during procedure and follow up care. I highly recommend this practice.
- Renee K
Very professional and friendly. I would highly recommend to any one!
- Sandra T
The staff is very friendly and personable. Always professional. I am satisfied with my dental care and recommend this office.
- Joe R
Always most professional in every way-----highly recommend
- Robert C
Dr. Kim has performed the gingival grafts on me twice. It's all been pain-free. I'm very satisfied with the outcome!
- Wes S
I am very pleased with the quality of care Dr. Kim and his staff give me. All 5 stars!!!
- Deborah R