Gum Graft Surgery Near Me

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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.

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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