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
Everyone is always extremely helpful and make the experience a pleasure!!
- Sheila A
Love coming here and how well I am treated. love Dr. Arrington's gentle manner and patience. Loved how was treated during procedure as far as, music I liked was provided and made everything very enjoyable. After procedure I was given a basket of flowers that I even posted a picture of it on facebook
- Sheila J
the best ever
- virginia r
Extremely professional and friendly staff.
- Bonnie C
staff and doctor very friendly and I receive very good care.
- sharron v
Great staff. Timely, friendly. Recommend to others highly. I had a skin graft, with no complications, no pain, quick recovery. Had a tooth extraction and bone graft, also. No problems whatsoever.
- Patricia P
During the procedure I enjoyed the music, felt no pain, and actually enjoyed the time I spent in Dr. Kim's chair. (Is that even possible?)
- John G
Dr. Kim may be the most talented periodontist in NC. He comes highly recommended, and has a helpful and courteous staff.
- Will J
My experience has been one of complete satisfaction. i feel very relaxed and confident in the hands Dr Kim and his staff. i feel that they go beyond in helping their patients with their issues and concerns. My surgery was a breeze and recovery was without issue. i have and would highly recommend Dr. Kim and his caring and his efficient staff.
- Margo S
It took me a long time to get enough courage to do the gum graft. And after the procedure ,since I had no problems, I wish I had done it sooner.
- Ethel R
Has been a very pleasing experience. Doctors and staff are both wonderful
- jackie J
I have been a patient in this office for around 36 years and have always received wonderful care. Dr. Kim did a gum graft and this helped me so much. Debbie is the best hard working hygienist and she is sweet for all my life. Dr. Kim is an awesome Periodontist. I trust them very much. The entire staff is very friendly and helpful. I look forward to coming every 4 months!!
- Pia C
Staff in very courteous and friendly.
- Clarence S
I was very pleased with the whole experience. I was nervous about the procedure, but it went much better than I expected. If I need additional procedures in the future, I would definitely choose Dr. Kim again.
- Linda D
Years ago I was diagnosed with gum disease and I had my scaling procedure done at Dr. Kim's and I still go back once a year to get my teeth cleaned and checked. My hygienist is excellent!
- mona s
- Mike W