Gum Grafting Information - Seattle, WA

Gum Grafting Restores and Protects the Roots of Teeth​

Gum Grafting Restores and Protects Your Roots

Gum recession takes place gradually and can be due to a number of contributing factors. Once the recession reaches an unhealthy state, your teeth may begin to appear abnormally long or uneven, detracting from the beauty of your smile. Esthetics aside, untreated gum recession, can lead to tooth sensitivity and the root surfaces are more susceptible to cavities.  As the gums recede, the bone also recedes below the gum.  As bone lone loss occurs, the strength and functioning of your teeth becomes compromised.  As recognized leaders in cosmetic dentistry and oral health, the team of highly trained dentists at LeCuyer & Amato Dentistry can help you reestablish healthy gums via gum grafting.

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 Gumline

Gum grafting involves taking a thin piece of healthy tissue from your mouth or from a donor source, and attaching it to the area where you have experienced gum recession. The graft is held in place via sutures. The graft heals over time and can blend with the existing gums for a seamless transition. Our team begins this procedure by making you comfortable with one of our sedation options, which we choose based on the complexity of treatment and your dental anxiety. Afterward, we’ll prescribe any medication necessary to reduce discomfort during your recovery. If you carefully follow our post-procedure instructions, you may experience quicker healing and less discomfort. The end results will be a more balanced, harmonious, and confident smile. Learn more with a personalized consultation in our Seattle, WA office!

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!