Gum Grafting

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Drs. Pescheret, Hyde, Greising and Tzanos can oftentimes perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to improve the esthetics of your gum line and stop problems associated with gum recession, including sensitivity to hot and cold foods.

Once contributing factors such as aggressive tooth brushing and periodontal disease are controlled, a soft tissue graft can cover the exposed root and help prevent additional recession and bone loss. During this procedure, the doctors at Northwest Periodontics & Implants take tissue from the roof of your mouth or another donor source to cover the exposed root.

You may also be referred for a grafting procedure before orthodontic treatment. This procedure is often done to prevent anticipated problems associated with movement of your teeth.

The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of tissue around your teeth.


Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure
This patient complained of hot and cold sensitivity, and she did not like the way her smile looked. Above, arrow points to level of recession prior to treatment. Without sensitivity, the patient loved her new smile following treatment, shown to right.



Before Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure
This patient complained of gum recession and sensitivity, and she did not like the way her smile looked. Arrows point to generalized recession.


After Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure
Note the natural balance of the gingival architecture. There was no residual sensitivity, and the patient was very pleased with the result.


Before Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure
This patient complained of the uneven gum line and gray line of her existing crown. Arrow points to gum recession, and gray margin of existing crown is apparent.

After Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure
After the tissue graft and an esthetic crown, the patient loved to smile again. Note the improved gum line and natural looking crown without gray line.

Gum Grafting Overview

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