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Gum Grafting

Washington Gum Grafting Surgery

Expert Soft Tissue Grafting Treatments

Whether you are experiencing gum recession due to gum disease, genetics, or a chewing tobacco habit, it can cause larger oral problems down the line, including tooth loss. Our team at Four Rivers Periodontics and Implant Specialists performs expert gum graft surgery to patients throughout Washington and surrounding areas. Also known as soft tissue or gingival grafting, this treatment is used to cover root surfaces and prevent further gum recession, leading to a healthier and more aesthetic smile. Gum grafting can also help protect your dental implants and keep them healthy over time, providing a longer lasting lifespan for your dental implants.

We begin your treatment with a detailed evaluation of your teeth and gums to ensure that gum grafting surgery is the right choice for you. As specialists in our field, we are capable of performing this solution to both one tooth, or several, to beautiful results. If this treatment is a good fit for your needs, we will then walk you through your options as to where the soft tissue can be obtained and explain the surgery from start to finish, including the recovery process, so you feel completely comfortable before your surgery begins.

To learn more about Washington gum grafting surgery, call our team today at (636) 242-6450.

Benefits of Gum Graft Surgery

While any type of oral surgery can be nerve-wracking, Four Rivers Periodontics and Implant Specialists goes above and beyond to ensure your comfort at every turn. With hundreds of smiles helped through our gum grafting solutions, we have seen firsthand the benefits of this procedure.

Major benefits of soft tissue surgery include:

  • Stop further gum recession and bone loss, protecting from decay
  • Minimize tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
  • Restores the look of a healthy and even gum line, creating a more symmetrical smile
  • Reduces tooth discomfort
  • Protects your implants long term

Dr. Scully is a highly experienced periodontic specialist, who is immersed in the latest and most effective gum treatments on the market to deliver unmatched results to patients seeking gum graft surgery in Washington and beyond. With state-of-the-art equipment, friendly and professional staff, and personalized and high-quality treatments, Four Rivers Periodontics and Implant Specialists has become a trusted name in gum solutions

When Is Gum Graft Surgery Indicated

Gum graft surgery, also known as gingival grafting or periodontal surgery, may be necessary in certain situations to treat gum recession and improve oral health. Here are some common scenarios where gum graft surgery may be recommended:

  1. Gum Recession: Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue pulls back or wears away, exposing the root surfaces of the teeth. This can lead to tooth sensitivity, an increased risk of tooth decay, and esthetic concerns. Gum graft surgery is often performed to cover the exposed roots and restore a healthy gumline.

  2. Periodontal Disease: Advanced periodontal disease, also called periodontitis, can cause significant gum tissue loss and bone destruction around the teeth. In some cases, gum graft surgery may be necessary to repair and regenerate the damaged gum tissue, promote healing, and prevent further progression of the disease.

  3. Trauma or Injury: Accidental trauma or injury to the gums can result in gum recession or damage to the gum tissue. Gum graft surgery may be performed to repair the affected area and restore the gumline's normal appearance and function.

  4. Esthetic Purposes: Some individuals may have a naturally high or uneven gumline, which can affect the appearance of their smile. Gum graft surgery can be performed to reshape the gumline, create a more symmetrical appearance, and enhance the overall esthetics of the teeth.

During gum graft surgery, a periodontist or oral surgeon takes a graft of gum tissue from another area of the mouth (such as the palate) or uses donor tissue, and then sutures it onto the affected gum area. The graft serves as a foundation for new gum tissue to grow and cover the exposed areas, improving both function and esthetics.

It's important to note that gum graft surgery is typically recommended when conservative treatments, such as improved oral hygiene practices or nonsurgical approaches, have not been successful in addressing the gum recession or underlying issue. It is best to consult with Dr. Scully, who can evaluate your specific situation and determine if gum graft surgery is necessary in your case.

What to Expect After Gum Grafting Surgery

After gum grafting surgery, patients can expect some discomfort, swelling, and minor bleeding in the treated area. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage discomfort, and a soft diet may be recommended initially to avoid irritating the surgical site. It's normal for the gums to appear swollen and feel tender for several days following the procedure. Patients should follow post-operative instructions provided by our dentist carefully, including maintaining good oral hygiene and attending follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing. Full recovery typically takes a few weeks.

Schedule your appointment for Washington gum grafting surgery today by calling (636) 242-6450 or filling out our quick and easy online form.

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Why We're The Best Choice For You
  • Best Quality Materials Only
  • Overall Health & Wellbeing Focused
  • State-Of-The-Art Technology
  • Highly Experienced Specialist
  • The American Board of Periodontology
    The American Board of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association: 2011-Present
    American Dental Association: 2011-Present
  • Missouri Dental Association: 2011-Present
    Missouri Dental Association: 2011-Present
  • America Academy of Periodontology: 2015-Present
    America Academy of Periodontology: 2015-Present
  • Greater St. Louis Dental Society: 2017-Present
    Greater St. Louis Dental Society: 2017-Present
  • Women In Medicine: Top Periodontist: 2020
    Women In Medicine: Top Periodontist: 2020
  • American Association for Women Dentists: 2012-Present
    American Association for Women Dentists: 2012-Present
  • Southwest District of GSLDS: 2017-Present
    Southwest District of GSLDS: 2017-Present
  • Midwest Society of Periodontology: 2016-Present
    Midwest Society of Periodontology: 2016-Present
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Patient Reviews

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  • Gentle & Reassuring

    “Thank you Dr. Scully! I learned more about my gums and teeth today. I had my blood pressure checked. Dr. Scully was gentle and reassuring about my procedure. Thank you!”

    - Pattie
  • Very Thorough & Gentle

    “Dr. Scully took her time doing my exam. Very thorough. Needed a deep cleaning done. Dr. Scully was so gentle and reassuring. I knew I was in good hands when surgery began.”

    - Cathy

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