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 211 Gum Grafting reviews.

Patient Review by Brenda L

Staff is kind and professional. The two gum grafts I had have helped me keep my teeth!!

- Brenda L

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Patient Review by Gary J

Always receive professional quality treatment! No problems

- Gary J

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Patient Review by Greta F

I WAS SCARED TO COME IN TO HAVE SURGERY DONE, DUE TO NEVER HAVING ANY DENTAL SURGERY PREVIOUSLY. ALWAYS WENT TO ROUTINE DENTAL CHECK UPS .MY EXPERIENCE WAS VERY GREAT. ABSOLUTLY NO AFTER PAIN, BRUSING OR, SWELLING , ANY DAYS FOLLOWING SURGERY. ,DR ARRINGTON PHONED ME THE EVENING AFTER SURGERY, VERY ATTENTIVE TO MY CARE POST SURGERY .I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND ROCKY MOUNT PERIODONTIST/DR ARRINGTON FOR YOUR PERIODONTAL NEEDS. THANK YOU TO THE STAFF FOR YOUR CARE

- Greta F

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Patient Review by wil b

Excellent care.

- wil b

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Patient Review by Jeanette W

I have been a patient for many years and I could not ask for a better doctor. The staff is the best. They are always friendly and helpful..

- Jeanette W

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Patient Review by Richard R

Excellent experiences on all visits.

- Richard R

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Patient Review by Dora G

I have been coming here for years and I have always been treated with great respect and they have always put my needs first. I would recommend coming here to all.

- Dora G

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Patient Review by Barbara M

Very satisfied! I wouldn't go anywhere else for my periodontal work!

- Barbara M

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Patient Review by Vicki D

I have had grafts in all 4 quadrants, and it could not have been a better experience. I knew exactly what they were doing, why they were doing it, and how long I could expect for it to heal. They called to be sure I was OK after the surgeries, and consistently checked to be sure that I was healing properly and that the grafts were holding up. I have been extremely pleased with both the work, and the care, that I have received here. I would recommend this office, and have, to anyone experiencing a dental need. They are thorough, professional, and one of the most accommodating medical offices that I have ever been involved with. It is obvious that they care about their patients, and each other. I never thought that going to the dentist would be such a positive experience, or that having major dental surgery would be so painless with such an easy recovery.

- Vicki D

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Patient Review by jo H

You have helped me keep my teeth for all these years. I am thankful for your conscientious care and you are the best!!

- jo H

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Patient Review by Jimmy D

I have excellent service at this office. I recently had a tissue graft on tooth #6 and the results were wonderful. This is a great office with a great staff

- Jimmy D

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Patient Review by Joyce B

This office has always been very professional and courteous. I feel the gum grafting has and is helping me keep my teeth!

- Joyce B

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Patient Review by Faye T

I was scared to death to have my gum grafting procedure done. But Dr. Kim and the staff made me feel very comfortable. The surgery went well and I experienced no problems at all like i was imagining. Highly recommended.

- Faye T

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Patient Review by Annette D

very good service, never had any complaints

- Annette D

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Patient Review by Janie W

Was very pleased and recommend if you grafting or implant needs this is the place to come.

- Janie W

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Patient Review by Priscilla R

Very friendly and informative staff. Loved Dr. Kim's enthusiasm and dedication to his patients.

- Priscilla R

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Patient Review by Braxton B

Great

- Braxton B

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Patient Review by Dianne B

I have always had exceptional care in this office. I had skin grafting done here and I experienced no problems with the procedure or the healing.

- Dianne B

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Patient Review by Martha M

I am always treated in a very professional and courteous manner. The staff is very friendly and takes an interest in me as a person.

- Martha M

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Patient Review by Carolyn S

Was very comfortable with the staff and the way i was treated. Procedure went very well and not nearly as intense as i expected. Would recommend Dr. Kim to everyone.

- Carolyn S

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