Gum Grafting

Cosmetic Dentistry in Atlanta, GA

At Goldstein, Garber, & Salama, we're proud to provide world-class general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatment to patients throughout the greater Atlanta, GA area. We strive to take a comprehensive approach to dental treatment, working with each patient individually to create a long-term plan for the best possible smile. We offer a wide range of treatments at our practice, including periodontal plastic surgery – otherwise known as gum grafting.

What Is Gum Grafting?

Gum grafting, also known as periodontal plastic surgery or gingival grafts, refers to any periodontal procedure aimed at grafting gingival tissue onto the gums to build up the gums and cover exposed tooth root surface. While there are several approaches to gum grafting, all of them aim to improve the appearance of your smile, alleviate teeth sensitivity, and prevent periodontal recession. Our Atlanta periodontist, Dr. Maurice Salama, performs a variety of gum grafting procedures in our office.

Gum Grafting

The Gum Grafting Procedure

Gum grafting is a minor surgical procedure that we can perform right here in our Atlanta dentist's office. While every patient is different, the process normally goes like this:

  • First, our Atlanta periodontist will apply anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure.
  • Next, Dr. Salama will remove a selection of healthy tissue from the roof of the mouth, then place it on the recessed gums and attach it to the existing tissue.
  • Alternatively, we may perform this procedure using processed and sterilized cadaver gum tissue. In this case, we'll treat the cadaver tissue with growth factors from your own blood to stimulate growth and promote healthy integration.

Why Would I Need Gum Grafts?

Gum grafts may be necessary for a variety of reasons, but generally, they're required whenever gum recession becomes too severe. Gum grafts may be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Gum recession
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Jawbone loss
  • Missing teeth
  • Aesthetic issues with the shape of the gums
  • Gum problems around dental implants

Post-Treatment Care

Gum grafting is a relatively routine surgical procedure with a very high success rate and little downtime for recovery. After closing the wounds and attaching the new gum tissue, your gums will grow and heal together on their own. Once fully healed, you'll have functioning, healthy gums that don't require any kind of special treatment.

Schedule a Consultation for Gum Therapy in Atlanta

Gum grafting is a simple, effective way to reverse periodontal recession and promote healthy, functional gums and teeth, and if you're interested in seeing how it may benefit you, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about gum grafts or to schedule a consultation for dental treatment at our Atlanta office. We’re also proud to offer other cosmetic dental procedures including same-day veneers and same-day bridges. We can't wait to hear from you and help you achieve a smile you’re proud of!