Gum Grafting

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 203 Gum Grafting reviews.

Patient Review by Mandy C

Everyone in the practice was a pleasure to be around. Everyone was so kind and made me feel like I am their only patient! I truly looked forward to my appointments because I knew that I would get to see the staff and Dr. Arrington when I had my appointments.

- Mandy C

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Patient Review by Donna M

I work with healthcare and appearance is important. Smiles are a big thing when speaking to patients. I had a growth which kept getting bigger on my gum in the front and when I smile there it was. Dr. Arrington was wonderful, she and her staff made me feel very comfortable with the procedure of removing the growth and with the graft. I would recommend Dr. Arrington and her staff for any periodontal needs.

- Donna M

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Patient Review by Margaret E

It wasn't a totally painless procedure, but I was pleased with the surgery and the healing process

- Margaret E

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Patient Review by Jamie C

Dr. Kim has treated me and my family members. The surgery itself went very well. All of his staff are friendly and knowledgeable. I had some post-surgical pain and called Dr. Kim and that day I was able to come in and have a laser treatment which eliminated my pain immediately. Dr. Kim will be doing another surgery for me in the future. Great surgeon, I would highly recommend him.

- Jamie C

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Patient Review by Connie P

Dr. Kim and his staff are amazing! Everyone is very friendly and professional. I would highly recommend this office to my family and friends.

- Connie P

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Patient Review by Fran A

I especially enjoy the hygienist using the cavitron to clean my teeth. I know the gum grafting has helped to save my teeth!!

- Fran A

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Patient Review by Amy D

highly satisfied, very thorough

- Amy D

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Patient Review by Chester B

Excellent experience ,"I've still got my teeth"!

- Chester B

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Patient Review by June G

Debbie is my hygienist and she is very patient with me ! I would recommend anyone coming to this office for treatment.

- June G

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Patient Review by Debbie K

I would, no doubt, refer all of my family and friends to use this periodontal office. Dr. Kim, Debbie and all of the staff are the best!!

- Debbie K

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Patient Review by wanda b

I have overwhelmed by the courtesy shown to me at each of my 3 gum grafts over a two year period. Everyone, and I do mean everyone shows by their actions that you are their first priority. I have been more than satisfied at each visit. I walk away knowing all my questions have been answered and I have received the best of care.

- wanda b

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Patient Review by Tom S

Dr. Kim and his staff are fantastic. Always on time, helpful and do excellent work. Definitely will use again.

- Tom S

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Patient Review by Kathy W

This is the nicest office, I really like the staff and Dr. Kim.

- Kathy W

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Patient Review by anonymous

Overall I am pleased with the results of my services here, from the beginning to now. My goal here was to improve my smile and appearance and that has been achieved.

- anonymous

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Patient Review by John W

I could not ask for more professional staff and Doctors. Everyone is always kind and helpful for my dental and periodontal needs. My dental cleanings are painless and well done. A true treasure of professionalism here in Rocky Mount. I would recommend this practice to all my friends and family. Thank you.

- John W

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Patient Review by Lily T

I love the friendliness of everyone in this office. I enjoyed that Dr. Kim let me pick my own music during my surgery, he called to check on me the night of the surgery and just everything about this practice.

- Lily T

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Patient Review by Mattie B

Coming to this office has not always been enjoyable but a good experience and I am thankful to have most all of my teeth. I came from a family of not having good teeth so that gives me an even greater appreciation for keeping mine.

- Mattie B

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Patient Review by Deb D

Dr. Kim and his staff are true professionals in every way. I had the best outcome, very little discomfort considering how much I had dreaded the surgery. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Kim to my family and friends.

- Deb D

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Patient Review by Terry L

Dr is really nice, nothing to it every thing turned out nice.

- Terry L

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Patient Review by Joyce R

I started coming here many years ago to have tissue grafting surgery with Dr. Strickland. I continued to keep coming here when Dr. Strickland retired, and have been very impressed with Dr. Kim. I always see Carolyn for my cleaning appointments. She has become a good friend as well as a great dental hygienist.

- Joyce R

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