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

 

For more information about Gum Grafting or to schedule an appointment with our doctors:

Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 227 Gum Grafting reviews.

Patient Review by Diane

I found everything to be a five star rating, if I could give a 10 I would!!

- Diane

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Patient Review by ANONYMOUS

I enjoyed the choice of music while the procedure was going on. I was surprised and of course very pleased that afterward I experienced no pain at all. Never had to take anything for pain. All appointments were quick and efficient.

- ANONYMOUS

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Patient Review by Carl S

Certainly pleased with results and defiantly better than expected, The procedure was explained very well what to expect before and after gum grafting. As we went through the procedure Dr. Kim explained step by step what he was doing and that made me feel very comfortable.

- Carl S

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Patient Review by Joe R

Overall happy with staff and office!

- Joe R

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Patient Review by ann k

Everyone very helpful. Carolyn is great !

- ann k

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Patient Review by Olivia W

The gum graft was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I did very well with the procedure.

- Olivia W

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Patient Review by Brenda B

Everything has been pleasant in this office.

- Brenda B

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Patient Review by Lynn W

The procedure went very well, I did not have any problems at all

- Lynn W

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Patient Review by Shirley H

Always have had a good experience!! The gum grafts that I had many years ago have helped me keep my teeth.

- Shirley H

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Patient Review by Regina T

Friendly staff and I would highly recommend.

- Regina T

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Patient Review by Sandra B

Dr. Arrington and staff were awesome when I had gum grafting procedure performed at their office. Everyone was professional and friendly. Dr. Arrington seemed to really care about me as a patient and person and was very easy to talk to about any concerns. I would highly recommend them if periodontal services are needed.

- Sandra B

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Patient Review by Casey L

Very friendly staff. Would recommend office.

- Casey L

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Patient Review by Vanessa L

Dr. Arrington and the staff were excellent. They are always extremely cordial. I am totally satisfied with my experience and the final results. I would certainly recommend this practice to family and friends.

- Vanessa L

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Patient Review by Joanna F

Very pleased with over all experience and esthetics of the graft.

- Joanna F

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Patient Review by Marc G

Great dental care in this office!! Very Professional!!

- Marc G

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Patient Review by Lucas G

Couldn't be more pleased with procedure and experience.

- Lucas G

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Patient Review by Olivia W

Nice office. Would come back

- Olivia W

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Patient Review by Dianne B

I have been a patient at Rocky Mount Periodontics for 37 years. I was a patient of Dr. Strickland and I am now Dr. Kim's patient. I could not ask for better dental care than I get from Dr. Kim and Carolyn Carter, my hygienist. I credit them with the fact that I still have my teeth! Dr. Kim recently performed surgery on my granddaughter. The results are great. We are fortunate to have Dr. Kim and the staff in our area.

- Dianne B

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Patient Review by Lynn W

I had a skin graft and it was not as bad as I thought it was going to be during the healing process.

- Lynn W

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Patient Review by Shawn L

Excellent service with caring people.

- Shawn L

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