Gum Grafting Information - Seattle, WA

Gum Grafting Restores and Protects the Roots of Teeth

Gum Grafting Restores and Protects the Roots of Teeth

The purpose of a Gum Graft is to protect exposed tooth roots caused by gum recession. Gum Recession develops gradually and can have a number of causes or contributing factors.

Risk factors may include:

  • Aggressive brushing
  • Using a stiff-bristled toothbrush
  • Clenching or grinding (bruxism)
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Genetic predispoition
  • Misalignment of teeth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Anatomy such as thin bone
  • Advanced age

Implications of Gum Recession 

Gum recession puts teeth at higher risk for decay; untreated gum recession can lead to tooth sensitivity and the root surfaces are more susceptible to demineralization and cavities. When gums recede, the bone also recedes. As bone loss occurs, the strength and function of the teeth becomes compromised. This can lead to mobility, tooth fracture, issues related to speech or chewing, and eventual tooth loss. Recession is also quite unesthetic as it causes the teeth to appear abnormally long or uneven which detracts from the beauty and symmetry of a healthy smile. 

Recovering Your Natural Gum line 

A Gum Grafting Procedure involves taking a thin piece of healthy tissue from the roof of the mouth or from a donor source and attaching it to the area of gum recession. The graft is then held in place via sutures. As the graft heals over time, it blends with the existing gums for a seamless transition. 

LeCuyer & Amato Dentistry can reestablish healthy gums

As recognized leaders in cosmetic dentistry and oral health, our highly trained team evaluates each patient’s specific risk factors and then develops a plan with patients to protect the teeth from future gum recession and bone loss. If it is established that a gum grafting procedure is the best method to restore health, there are various sedation options offered; the selection is based on the complexity of treatment and patient preference to ensure comfort during and after the procedure. Gum grafting reduces sensitivity and restores the health and longevity of teeth. The end result is a harmonious and symmetrical smile that you can be proud of. 

Learn more with a personalized consultation in our Seattle, WA office!