What Is Gum Graft Surgery?
When gum (periodontal) disease has progressed into the advanced phases, you might develop gum recession. This causes the gumline to shrink and expose the tooth roots. At Premier Periodontics, we perform gum grafting (soft tissue grafting) to revive the gumline for enhanced cosmetic appeal and protect the more susceptible tooth roots against functional concerns. With a range of grafting techniques, our exceptionally skilled team of periodontists will create your unique treatment plan to repair your gums. Contact our office in Bellevue, WA to learn more about how gum grafting surgery may repair your gums, cover your teeth, and enhance the overall look of your smile.
Gum Grafting Reviews
"I recently had a periodontal graft surgery and, a few days out, I can barely tell I just had surgery! The staff was fantastic; both professional and knowledgeable. Dr. Toloue was quick, kind, and super skilled. I am very grateful for her great work and stellar team. Thank you!"- L.P. / Yelp / Nov 11, 2019
"I had gum grafting 2 1/2 days ago. After hearing and reading about pain and complications that could occur I was a bit concerned. Also, I have anxiety when people work on my mouth or throat, due to past medical conditions. She was great! While getting my procedure done she was training a new assistant, Rochelle, who was very nice and calming. I followed Dr. Madden's instructions and iced the area for the rest of the day, I even stayed in bed for an additional day to not be tempted to over do it. I have minimal swelling, and no bruising! I will be coming back to her for more of my much needed grafting. Thanks Dr. Madden! p.s. the name on this is wrong, my name is Karen J. Brown."- K.J. / Yelp / Sep 12, 2012
"I was referred to Dr. Madden by my family dentist for gum recession and deep (and I do mean deep) scaling. It was necessary to follow up with gum grafting as well as excision of a deep pocket. The surgery was a breeze -- no complications -- and Dr. Madden called me that evening to check up on me. Tracy, the hygienist, is super, too. I see her routinely for follow-up periodontal care. Everyone in the office is fantastic. They feel like family. When my mother died they sent a sympathy card. I recommend Dr Madden and her staff wholeheartedly."- J.M. / Yelp / Nov 16, 2016
"Today Dr. Wattimena performed a gum grafting procedure for me, and it went extremely well! I get a little uptight during dental work, so I opted for their oral sedation, and it made all the difference. The entire staff at Premier Periodontics is kind, knowledgeable, and prepared. I have no pain at this time, but I will add an update in a few days. I think if I follow their post op instructions all will be fine. Brad R."- B.R. / Google / Nov 26, 2019
"Dr. Hyun is extremely skilled and professional. My gum grafting procedure was pain free and recovery exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend Dr. Hyun."- A.C. / Google / Nov 19, 2019
Do I Need a Gum Graft?
Receding gums can impact the aesthetic appeal of your teeth, making them look longer and creating an "aged" appearance, as well as their overall health. When the gumline recedes, the exposed tooth roots lack the protection they need and may feel sensitive. They are also at an increased risk of damage, like tooth decay and mechanical abrasion from toothbrushing. Gum grafts are often performed to repair gum recession caused by periodontal (gum) disease. However, receding gums can also be the result of other factors, such as a misaligned bite, genetics, aggressive home care techniques, oral piercings, and grinding of the teeth (bruxism). A consultation with our periodontal specialists can help you learn if your smile could benefit from a soft tissue graft.
How Does Gum Grafting Work?
There are various types of grafts that are used to repair specific conditions. Connective tissue grafts are the most common type used to cover exposed tooth roots. This approach involves creating an incision in the roof of your mouth to create a small flap of skin. Connective tissue is taken from beneath the flap and grafted to your receded gumline. A free gingival graft is similar, except that tissue is used directly from the top layer of tissue on the roof of your mouth and may be ideal for repairing especially thin gums. A pedicle graft utilizes excess gum tissue from a nearby tooth and stretches it over exposed areas needing coverage. During your consultation, our team of experts will explain your options and determine the grafting approach best suited to your needs and goals.
What Can I Expect After Receding Gums Treatment?
Gum grafting may need to be completed in phases, depending on the number of areas in your mouth that require treatment. At the end of your procedure, we will go over your recovery instructions, including dietary restrictions and home care recommendations. You may feel some discomfort for a short amount of time after your procedure, which might be reduced with cold compresses and nonprescription pain medication. To avoid damaging the grafts, be sure to follow our team's recommendations on brushing and flossing while your gums are healing. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled so that our periodontists can monitor your recovery and improvements.
Is a Gum Graft Covered by Insurance?
If you carry dental insurance, a member of our staff will contact your insurer to confirm your benefits and calculate any estimated out-of-pocket costs. Premier Periodontics is pleased to provide high-quality, affordable care and will work with you to find an easy payment solution for covering your treatment costs. Be sure to ask our team about our low-interest financing option to help make your treatment fit within your budget.
Treat gum recession
Gum grafting surgery is a proven gum recession treatment offered at Premier Periodontics to repair your gums, improve your oral health, and help to make your smile more attractive. If you have gum recession due to advanced periodontal disease or other causes, schedule an appointment with a member of our elite periodontal team at our office in Bellevue, WA to find out more about the advantages of gum grafting.
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