What Is Gum Graft Surgery?
When gum (periodontal) disease has progressed into the advanced phases, gum recession often develops. This causes the gumline to shrink and expose the tooth roots. At Premier Periodontics, we perform gum grafting (soft tissue grafting) to rebuild the gumline for enhanced cosmetic appeal and to protect the more susceptible tooth roots against decay or damage. Using a range of grafting techniques, our board-certified periodontists can create a unique treatment plan to repair your gums. If you need gum graft surgery in Bellevue, WA, please contact our office to learn how this treatment might improve your oral health and the appearance of your smile.
What are the Benefits of Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting takes existing healthy gum tissue from the mouth (or a donor source) and relocates it to an area that needs it. Gum graft surgery can be ideal for patients who experience gum recession, leaving the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth. A few benefits you may 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
Gum Grafting Reviews
"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
"I had a gum grafting procedure yesterday with Dr. Hyun and Assistant Lourisa. They were both professional yet very friendly and made an effort to make sure I was doing OK throughout the procedure. Plus it is Christmas time and there was Christmas music playing which was very relaxing! So far so good with recovery! These two make a great team!"- N.T. / Google / Dec 16, 2022
"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 / Mar 07, 2022
"I had an excellent experience with my gum graft surgery. I was treated by Dr. Huynh and Louisa. Both of them very nice and wanted to sure that everything was okay during the procedure. The post op has been great so far."- J.I. / Google / Jan 23, 2023
Do I Need a Gum Graft?
Receding gums can impact the aesthetic appeal of your teeth, creating an "aged" appearance, as well as their overall health. When the gumline recedes, the exposed tooth roots lack the protection they need and are at an increased risk of damage, like tooth decay and mechanical abrasion from toothbrushing. You may be a candidate for a gum graft if you have one or more of the following:
- Sensitive teeth
- Longer-looking teeth
- Teeth that look darker near the gumline
- Exposed tooth roots
- Periodontal disease
Receding gums can result from several factors, including gum disease, a misaligned bite, genetics, aggressive home care techniques, oral piercings, and teeth grinding (bruxism), among others. 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 gum 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.
- Free gingival grafts are 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.
- Pedicle grafts utilize excess gum tissue from a nearby tooth and stretch it over exposed areas needing coverage.
During your consultation, our experts will explain your options and determine the grafting approach best suited to your needs and goals. If you are searching for specialized treatment for a gum graft in Seattle, WA, our periodontists can help.
What Can I Expect After Receding Gums Treatment?
Gum graft surgery 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 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.
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 maintain 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 rebuild gum tissue. If you experience any troubling symptoms following your gum recession surgery, please contact our team immediately.
Treat gum recession
Gum grafting surgery is a proven gum recession treatment offered at Premier Periodontics to rebuild the gums, improve 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 at our periodontal office in Bellevue, WA to learn more about the advantages of gum grafting.
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