Gum Recession & Tissue Grafting Dental Specialists

Dental Offices In Bellevue & Issaquah Specializing In Gum Treatment

Gum RecessionMany Americans suffer from some degree of gum recession. It can be difficult to self-diagnose in its earlier stages as the symptoms occur asymptomatically and gradually. Our EXPERIENCED PERIODONTISTS and dental team can not only help you identify the causes of your gum recession but also use gum grafting to treat your gum recession. Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or aesthetics, you'll probably receive the benefits of a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating, and speaking with comfort and confidence.

What is gum recession?

Gum recession is when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away or pulls back exposing more of the tooth or the tooth's root. Gum and teeth recession is typically caused by advanced gum disease and it creates deep pockets between the teeth and gum line making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up. If gum recession is left untreated, it can severely damage the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth which may ultimately result in tooth loss.

What causes gum recession?

There are a number of reasons why your gums may recede such as aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. Causes of gum recession include:

  • Your genes
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Insufficient dental care
  • Hormonal changes
  • Tobacco products
  • Grinding and clenching your teeth
  • Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite
  • Body piercing of the lip or tongue

You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment, our periodontists can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem.

How do I know if I have gum recession?

Gum recession does not happen overnight. You may not even notice that your gums have receded. In fact, most people don't know they have gum recession because it occurs gradually. Some of the most signs of gum recession include:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or even too sweet, spicy, or sour foods
  • Teeth appear longer than normal
  • Spaces between your teeth seem to grow
  • Roots of your teeth begin to show

If you believe your gums are receding make an appointment with one of our experienced periodontists who can repair the gum and prevent further damage. Without a gum tissue graft, gum recession can have a detrimental effect on the health and function of your teeth.


When you come to our office for your grafting procedure, a local anesthetic will be given to numb the areas involved. You may also receive medicine to help you relax as we want your experience to be as comfortable as possible.

Depending on your specific needs, one of three different types of gum tissue grafts will be used to treat your gum recession.

Many factors will contribute to your chosen grafting technique. During your initial appointment, our periodontist can tell you which method will work best for you, your health, and your smile.


    This is the most common gum graft. It involves laying a flap of skin on the roof of your mouth (or palate) and removing tissue under the flap, called sub-epithelial connective tissue. Then this tissue is stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed root. Once the connective tissue, or graft, has been removed from under the flap, the flap is stitched back down.


    Using an allograft (tissue from a tissue bank), it is a similar procedure to the connective tissue graft but there is no tissue from the palate (roof of the mouth) used. This typically results in less post-operative discomfort.


    This graft also involves the use of tissue from the roof of the mouth but a small amount of tissue is removed directly from the roof of the mouth and then attached to the gum area being treated. This technique is a "barrier-type" graft which may or may not result in root coverage.


    This grafting procedure uses tissue grafted from gum around or near the tooth needing repair instead of taking it from the palate. The flap, called a pedicle, is only partially resected so that one edge remains attached. Then the gum is slid to the adjacent tooth to cover the exposed root and sewn into place. This procedure can only be done if you have adequate gum tissue near the tooth needing additional gum tissue.

If you suffer from gum recession, call Implant & Periodontic Specialists today and schedule an appointment with our experienced periodontists in our Bellevue or Issaquah office.

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