Gum Grafting Tacoma & Gig Harbor
Treating Gum Recession & Sensitive Teeth
Gum recession is the loss of gum/soft tissue around teeth. When the gum recedes the bone recedes, which is the actual support of the tooth. The main objective of gum grafting is to restore as ideal as possible the quantity and quality of the gum tissue and to protect the bone.
When recession of the gingiva/gum occurs and reaches the mucosa, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as touch. The long appearance of the tooth as result of the recession creates an imbalance in the harmony of the teeth and gums. Gum recession can predispose to worsening recession. The exposed root surface, which is softer than enamel can lead to root caries and root gouging.
When gum recession is present, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option. In areas with very thin gum a graft is needed to prevent recession from occurring and also when we have a strong pull from the tissue fibers from the inner mucosa of the cheeks or floor of the mouth.
Contact us for more information about Treating Gum Recession with Gum Grafting or to schedule an appointment with Periodontist Dr. Silvia La Rosa.
A gingival/gum 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.
Before Gum Grafting
After Gum Grafting
Before and after gum grafting photos
Patient Reviews for Gum Grafting
Sound Surgical Arts
Loved coming here. Everything was explained in a way that I could understand and I felt very comfortable.
- McKenna A
I was so impressed from start to finish with the whole Sound Surgical Arts team. Each person was friendly, hardworking, professional, and kind. Dr. Silvia La Rosa did an excellent job with my gum graft. With Stephanie as her surgical assistant, I felt so well taken care of. I would recommend this office to anyone who needed these services!
- Kim W
Wonderful, A+, will return for all future procedures needed.
- Devon B
Highly recommended! A highly skilled and professional team that creates a supportive and caring atmosphere that feels comfortable and familial. Thank you all!
- Erik F
Thank you for such excellent care.
- Patty H
Your office is what anyone would expect from a dental office and more. From the front desk to the finance person to the assistants and techs to the doctor, you are amazing. You should feel proud of your staff and the business you have built. I’ve even considered coming back from the East Coast if I need anything. Just amazing!
- Jan-Marie G
I had the most welcoming and comforting experience. Everyone took the time to put me at ease and answer all of my questions. I am so grateful for the wonderful care I received. Thank you so much!
- Kathleen K