Gum Grafting

When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.

When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.

In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When significant, gum recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.

 
before and after gum grafting

Gum Grafting Overview

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Gum Grafting Overview

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A gingival 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.

E.J. Traynor, DMD, MS

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This is an amazing practice, all around. Dr. Traynor and all her assistants were wonderful.

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Fantastic experience all around... Dr. Traynor does beautiful work and if you are in need of this or any other periodontal procedure, I highly recommend her.

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Dr. Traynor and her team made the whole experience as easy as possible. Dr. Traynor is an artist in every sense. My gums look perfect and it's all thanks to her precision work.

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very professional. Careful attention to detail. Dr. Traynor is careful and gentle and her staff is polite and pleasant.

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I would definitely recommend Dr Traynor and will be using her again next year for the other side of my mouth!

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I had a great experience with Dr. Traynor. She is very gentle and did a womderful job on my gums. The rest of the staff is very friendly and helpful!

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Dr. Traynor and her team are extremely professional and kind, in addition to being top-notch experts in the field. I would highly recommend Dr. Traynor.

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I was treated with respect and patience in answering my questions. Dr. Traynor's staff was very polite and provided great assistance.

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Great, friendly staff!

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Very satisfied with treatment

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For an unpleasant procedure, dr Traynor and staff made the experience as pleasant as possible with their patience, friendliness, availability, knowledge, and professionalism. Second time and will do again.

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I've had a series of gum grafts and follow-ups. Dr. Traynor and her staff have always been thorough and wonderful in every way. Also ... My hygienist from my regular dentist's office participates in a professional education group that Dr. Traynor runs, to stay on top of the latest knowledge, and she speaks highly of that.

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Email reminder system is great and very convenient. Dr. Traynor is incredible - professional, skilled, and totally painless. I would recommend 100%!

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The result exceeded my expectations

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Great doctor and staff. Look forward to each visit.

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Very clean and comfortable, and everything to make it a pleasant experience!

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