When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.
When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.
In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When significant, gum recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.
before and after gum grafting
Gum Grafting Overview
For a brief narrated overview of the gum grafting process, please click the image below. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about gum grafting.
A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.
The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.
Dr Mize and the staff at Sunset Periodontics are great. I did not feel rushed during my initial consultation and all my questions were answered. At the time of my gum graft procedure I felt no pain thanks to the IV sedation. After the procedure, I felt no pain at my palate "donor" site and only minimal discomfort at my graft site. Dr Mize himself called me the evening of the procedure to check on me. The next day, I received a "feel better" card in the mail from the practice. The personal touches made me feel special.
- Randy C
The staff and doctor Mize are very professional and friendly. I was informed of the procedure and what would be done before my procedure started.
- Tammy H
Loved being able to text questions to my doctor and getting quick responses. They always take good care of me.
All the staff are friendly and kind. They were very thorough in their explanations and patiently reviewed instructions as often as needed. They even tolerated my weird sense of humor. From the first visit, I was asked to call anytime I had questions. Dr. Mize and Carole were very patient, gentle, and concerned about my comfort, before, during, and after my surgery. Dr. Mize talked with my husband afterwards, explaining the surgery and reiterating post-operative instructions. How often do you get a call FROM THE DOCTOR the evening of your surgery to check on you and see if you have any questions? I really appreciated Dr. Mize doing that and really value his expertise. I would recommend him to anyone needing periodontal care.
- Anne B
Dr. Mize and his staff are outstanding professionals. Thank you so much for excellent care and concern for me!
- Julie M
Everyone did an outstanding job!
- Robert L
Dr. Mize its awesome and Julie, Carol, Evelyn! Very professional and caring! My mouth is looking better! Love it!
- Sandra Z
I completed a gum graft which was successful and without complication. Dr. Mize and his staff were skilled and professional in their work. As a patient, the process was without discomfort and made easy by their attentiveness during the procedure and afterwards. I highly recommend Sunset Periodontics.
- john r
No one wants to have these types of procedures, but I honestly have had no pain and it was as pleasant as it could have possibly have been. Dr. Mize called the night of the surgery to check on me and his assistant called yesterday---just to check. I have his cell number----that's professionalism!
- Anne J
Would recommend periodontist to anyone...competence and charisma. are two qualities required by me in seeking this level of dental care.
- Judy C
I am a big baby when it comes to surgery and had many concerns. Dr. Mize and his team put me at ease and my treatments are progressing well. Pain and discomfort have been minimal. I highly endorse this practice for gum grafting.
- Bev K