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.
What are the Benefits of Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting takes existing healthy gum tissue from the mouth and relocates it to an area that needs it. Gum grafting surgery can be ideal for patients who experience gum recession (when the roots are exposed, leaving gum tissue to pull away from the teeth). A few benefits you'll experience from this procedure can include:
- Reduced tooth sensitivity
- Safeguard against tooth decay and tooth loss
- Reduced gum recession
- Strengthens and stabilizes teeth by reinforcing gum tissue
- Enhances the smile
If you're searching for specialized treatment for a gum graft in Seattle, WA, our dental team can help. Contact our office to set up a consultation.
Gum Grafting Reviews
"I highly recommend Premier Periodontics Everett and Kirkland! Dr. Hyun did my gum grafting. She is easy to talk to, very knowledgeable and very compassionate. Her assistant Lourisa is also excellent. She takes the time to explain everything and made me feel very comfortable. I have been to both offices and everyone is friendly and caring! They called me the day after surgery to see how I was doing and answer my questions. Very thorough! Thank you!!"- A.S. / Google / Feb 14, 2022
"I had a lot of anxiety going into my gum grafting surgery because of previous experiences at another practice where I ended up with infections on two different occasions. The staff, Diana in particular, were very responsive to my concerns/anxiety which helped a lot. The care I received during the procedure was exceptional. I paid extra for the sedation, which was totally worth it. Because of my previous infections I was put on two antibiotics and I’m happy to report that I did not get an infection this time. Thank you to everyone involved in my care."- E.H. / Google / Dec 19, 2021
"I highly recommend Premier Periodontics Everett and Kirkland! Dr. Hyun did my gum grafting. She is easy to talk to, very knowledgeable and very compassionate. Her assistant Lourisa is also excellent. She takes the time to explain everything and made me feel very comfortable. I have been to both offices and everyone is friendly and caring! They called me the day after surgery to see how I was doing and answer my questions. Very thorough! Thank you!!"- A.S. / Google / Feb 19, 2022
"I had a gum graft surgery here and I had an amazing experience. I’d like to thank my doctor Dr. Hyun for her outstanding skill, and Lourisa and Jordan for taking great care of me. Special kudos for the cleanliness of the environment, friendliness of the entire staff, and the end to end customer care. I cannot recommend Premier Periodontics enough!"- A.A. / Google / Jun 04, 2022
"Highly recommend Premier Periodontics (Bellevue)! I was a patient at the Bellevue office and underwent a dental gum grafting. Was somewhat anxious going into the surgery because I had heard stories from my friends who went through similar procedures. Dr. Issa and Svetlana did an excellent job of outlining the entire process and making me feel comfortable before, during, and after the procedure. Not only did the surgery and recovery go well, but I felt like I was literally a part of the Premier Periodontics family every time I stepped foot into that office. Everyone there is so over the top nice and welcoming; never thought I would feel sad leaving my last check up appt."- J.K. / Yelp / Jun 28, 2022
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.
Gum Grafting FAQ
How long does it take to heal from gum grafting surgery?
For patients getting a gum graft in Seattle, WA, recovery typically takes at least two weeks. Your surgical team will provide aftercare instructions to help you heal fully after your gum grafting surgery.
How long does a gum graft last?
With proper care, a gum graft can last for many years. Some gum grafting surgeries may need to be repeated to get the desired effect.
How effective is a gum graft?
Complications from gum grafts are very rare. For the vast majority of patients, gum grafting is an effective procedure that helps restore the gums. If you experience any troubling symptoms following your gum recession surgery, please contact your surgical team immediately.
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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