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

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

Patient Review by Ethel R

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

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Patient Review by jackie J

Has been a very pleasing experience. Doctors and staff are both wonderful

- jackie J

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Patient Review by Pia C

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

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Patient Review by Clarence S

Staff in very courteous and friendly.

- Clarence S

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Patient Review by Linda D

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

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Patient Review by mona s

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

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Patient Review by Mike W

Good experince

- Mike W

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