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

 

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Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center

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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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Patient Review by Terry W

I have had such great treatment in this Periodontal practice. They are very thorough and professional! Highly Recommend!

- Terry W

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Patient Review by Debra B

Everyone did a wonderful job. The surgery was very successful and I am very pleased with with results. Dr. Kim is awesome and he explained everything very well and has taken good care of me.

- Debra B

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Patient Review by Cheryl R

Very professional!!

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Patient Review by Jon R

Very please with my care and treatment throughout the process!

- Jon R

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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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