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
Dr. La Rosa was fantastic throughout the entire process of my surgery. She is patient oriented and truly cared to make sure I was comfortable with the procedure from beginning to end. I highly recommend Dr. La Rosa.
- Aryn K
I have been very impressed with the entire staff who have been so good to be around and have been consistently very professional and competent. I have been especially impressed with Dr. Sylvia LaRosa who has simply been the finest medical professional I have ever met. She is highly competent, caring and dedicated to her patients and profession. Thank you, Dr. LaRosa, it has been a pleasure to know you.
- Stephen S
I rarely had questions, because things were explained well - goals, tx plan, money- all pretty straight forward. Dr. La Rosa is so warm and kind, I want to just hang out with her all day. She looks you in the eye and makes you feel like a person rather than just a chart. Very comforting when your teeth are messed up, and you aren’t sure how things will go. I will be recommending her to people from now on.
- Melissa C
My procedure went smoothly. Dr Silvia took the time to answer all my questions. SHe made me feel like I was the only patient in the office so she could take her time with me
- Lydia G
I had significant trepidation when going into this procedure. Dr. La Rosa and her staff made me feel calm, comfortable, they showed complete compassion for any angst I expressed and treated me amazingly well. The result of the procedure was beyond what I could have expected. I am so thankful that I saw Dr. La Rosa and will recommend her to anyone and everyone.
- Libby B
Overall, a great experience. Dr. Sylvia is very kind and thorough with surgery and post op appointments!
- Chylee B
Very warm, professional, supportive, and welcoming team.
- Allison A