Gum Grafting for Gum Disease Treatment

A gum graft (also known as a gingival graft or connective tissue graft) is a collective name for periodontal procedures that aim to reinforce the collar of gum tissue around teeth and to cover exposed tooth root surfaces.

Recession is usually related to a genetic characteristic of narrow jawbone and a thin collar of gum tissue but environmental factors can accelerate it. Environmental factors include aggressive brushing, recurrent acidic beverages or acid reflux, grinding or clenching teeth, smoking or smokeless tobacco-use, and/or periodontal disease.

Patients seeking gum grafting in Aurora or Littleton, Colorado place their trust in the talented team at Periodontal Associates.

What Is So Bad About Exposed Root Surfaces?

Exposed roots can be sensitive to cold or be aesthetically unappealing. It also indicates that bone has been lost where the recession has progressed. Root surfaces are softer tooth structure than the crown/cap of the tooth and therefore more susceptible to cavities or erosion.

Why Is Having a Strong Band of Gum Tissue Around Teeth Important?

CT scans (see above) that we use for planning implant therapy have shown us that many people have very thin or absent bone on the front sides of their teeth. A thick band of gum tissue is all that prevents the gums from receding and exposing softer tooth structure.

Most Common Types of Gum Grafting

Gingival graft
Our Littleton / Aurora gum grafting team performs this procedure to thicken and strengthen the collar of gum tissue around teeth. A thin layer of tissue is transplanted from the roof of the mouth to the area that needs better tissue. By reinforcing the gum tissue, the chance of further recession and bone loss is lowered.
Connective tissue graft
This procedure is commonly used to cover exposed roots and is especially important for patients who have sensitive, unaesthetic recession, or are prone to cavities. Tissue to thicken the gum tissue can be obtained from the roof of the mouth or from a tissue-bank (acellular dermal matrix allograft: medically processed, donated human tissue). The advantage of the tissue-bank allograft is that there is no need for a donor site from the patient’s palate and more treatment can be done in one procedure. On the other hand, the advantage of using the patient’s own palatal tissue is that the predictability of obtaining an ideal result is greater and it has better longevity.

Major Benefits Associated With Gum Grafting

  • Reduced sensitivity to cold or sweet food/drink
  • Improved appearance
  • Improved gum health, reduced bone loss, and preserving teeth
  • Strengthened teeth and gums before orthodontic care/braces
  • Reduced risk for cavities

Risks of Delaying Gum Grafting

  • You may need two procedures instead of one to correct the recession
  • You may not be able to get an ideal result if recession and bone loss progresses
  • While tooth-loss from recession alone is rare, it can happen and replacing teeth is usually more costly and involves a longer treatment plan

Pinhole ® Technique or Tunnel Grafting or LANAP ®

As periodontists, our Littleton / Aurora gum grafting experts did three additional years of training beyond dental school in the regenerative techniques of supporting tissues around teeth and implants. Let us know if you have questions about these advertised techniques and we can determine which is the best option for you! Request an appointment today.

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  • Valerie FarrarValerie Farrar

    I've had the best experience with this office. I have had some terrible experiences in the pass with different places. They made me feel comfortable and I couldn't have a better team to tend to all my dental needs. They take the time to really care by reaching out to check on you, and getting your emergency taken care asap even during a pandemic.

  • Hollie KarrHollie Karr

    Warm and very friendly environment. They take so much time to explain things and treat you as if you were one of their family members having a procedure done. Michelle the dental hygienist, Liz the technician, as well as Stephanie, Dr Beckman’s assistant go above and beyond to make you feel like you’re they’re only patient! Dr. Beckman and his team’s demeanor make you feel at ease and relaxed. Dr. Beckman always has a calm, patient, and very caring demeanor which very clearly trickles down to his staff! Thank you for all you do!

  • Brigitte AdesBrigitte Ades

    Love the teamwork here! Talk about having fun while going to the dentist, yes it is true. You can have fun and get great work done. Whenever I need anything done the team from Periodontal Associates is there. I am thrilled to leave a review for this group of dentist. They are simply amazing

  • Silke SancaktarSilke Sancaktar

    I needed an implant on one of my rear molars, and Dr. Thousand and his team did the implant work at the Aurora office. I had to do the procedure with minimal sedation due to the fact that I had to drive myself back to work after the procedure. Despite this, there was minimal pain and discomfort, and everyone did an incredible job. He's very good about telling you what he's doing and is very detail-oriented. He is never dismissive and always takes time to answer questions.

    After everything healed up I went to my regular dentist to have the crown installed. After the crown placement I had a terrible headache and toothache for a week before my regular dentist would see me again to adjust the crown. However, even after she made some adjustments I was still in pain the next day.

    I didn’t know what else to do so I reached back out to Dr. Thousand for help even though he wasn’t responsible for the crown. Knowing that I was in acute pain they were able to get me in the same day at the Littleton office. Turns out there were some major defects on the crown that my dentist had overlooked that contributed to the acute pain, and would have likely resulted in infection down the road. Dr. Thousand spent almost an hour working with me and modifying the crown for temporary use so that I could have it placed back over the implant while a new crown is made.

    He didn’t need to do this since this wasn’t a mistake attributable to his office, but he and his team went above and beyond, and didn’t even charge me for the work. I had been in so much pain I could barely focus, and so this help meant so much to me because I could now function again. This was at the end of their day so I’m sure it meant a later day for everyone, but I can’t thank you all enough for giving me that relief. We’ll certainly be coming here for future dental issues, and referring Dr. Thousand and his team to friends.

  • Jean PonderJean Ponder

    Professional, knowledgeable, friendly, on time visits. Superb work from the office team to Dr Heller & Erin. Thank You

  • Melissa H.Melissa H.

    Let's be honest here - there is nothing fun about having gum surgery. However, the staff and Dr. Heller were as good as it gets with regard to my treatment....

  • Bridget B.Bridget B.

    Wow, from the moment I walked in I felt welcome. Super nice people and caring. I am a chicken and do not like dentist anything. Doctor Heller explained...

  • Sara KluhsmanSara Kluhsman

    Dr. Thousand is pure genius! He fixed a failing implant & placed a new 1 as well. I will never go anywhere else. That man preforms miracles!

  • Karen Pelling LevineKaren Pelling Levine

    Dr. Doug Heller is one of three of the doctors that make up the driving force in my efforts to save my teeth and my overall health. What started out as one broken tooth led to the possibility of my losing all of my teeth to gum disease. Panicked, I reached for a second opinion and found Dr. Heller, along with my regular Dentist & Orthodontist. I am now the proud owner of only 5 implants, as opposed to full upper and lower implants OR full dentures. Though dental procedures are hardly fun, Dr. Heller and his staff have made it a smooth process, from financial to face-changing....I couldn't be happier. 😁 You be the judge. My profile pic, there on the left, is a fine example of their handiwork.
    Double Bonus: Doorbell just rang. Beautiful plant has just arrived to cheer me in my recovery....Thank you, Dr. Heller and your wonderful Staff!

  • Jerome GilmerJerome Gilmer

    I was sent to Dr. Beckman on a referral from my dentist because of a slightly loose tooth. Dr. Beckman evaluated the situation and recommended a gum graft and bite adjustment. It is now six weeks since the procedure, and while the recovery was not painless, it was pretty much exactly as he said it would be. Upon evaluation earlier this week it was clear that the procedure was successful.

    Dr. Beckman and the staff were very nice, supportive and professional and I would highly recommend this practice to anyone needing this kind of help.

  • Tori Horton HamillTori Horton Hamill

    Dr Beckman performed a gum graft. I was nervous, but he explained everything clearly and thoroughly. The staff were very accommodating when I had to reschedule and they keep the schedule flowing on time so I was not sitting and waiting beyond the appointment time. The only downside was having to ask multiple times about the cost and what my calculated out of pocket would be. Would definitely recommend.

  • Ashley SingletaryAshley Singletary

    5 stars! Dr. Beckman and the entire office staff provide superior customer service and care. I recently had a gum graft performed and from the very first meeting I felt at ease. Dr. Beckman took his time explaining the procedure and patiently answered any questions I had. On the day of the procedure they go the extra mile to make sure you are comfortable- they use top of the line medical treatment for an effective procedure and speedy recovery. The team was very supportive and available through the entire process and even calls to check on you post procedure. I highly recommend Dr. Beckman and his team!

  • Doris BinderDoris Binder

    I needed to get some implants and Dr. Heller was recommended. Thankfully, he was absolutely wonderful. I wasn't sure what to expect, but he explained everything that needed be done and the procedure began. Now it's not an over night process, but the weeks after each step was a piece of cake. I am so happy with my implants. I had to have a tooth pulled a few weeks ago, and I don't know how he does it, but I had zero pain, no complications and I needed no pain Meds. The staff is so friendly and I highly recommend them.

  • Kenneth McCallKenneth McCall
  • Jan BernsteinJan Bernstein

    Dr. Beckman and the staff couldn't have been nicer or more professional. I highly recommend the practice to anyone in need of a periodontist.

  • Chelsy LaForceChelsy LaForce

    Dr. Heller and the rest of the team is absolutely amazing. They are super helpful through the entire process and I knew I was in great hands. Thank you so much!

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  • Aprille Tripler MooreAprille Tripler Moore

    Dr. Beckman and the entire staff at Periodontal Associates are amazing! Dr. Beckman performed a gum graft procedure on me and to my surprise and relief I felt no pain. Not during the procedure or post op. The entire experience from consult through my last follow up appointment was topnotch.

  • Terry SandahlTerry Sandahl

    I have been a patient of first Dr. Versman and then Dr. Heller for over 20 years. This is an amazing periodontal group! I feel so comfortable having them take care of my needs~and there have been many! Dr. Heller is so easy going and I never feel like whatever he does will fail. They have a great support staff too! All their assistants are competent and friendly, and my hygienist Michelle is the best! Love these guys and wouldn't think of going anywhere else!

  • Holly DeLuise BodineHolly DeLuise Bodine

    I have some complicated dental issues but Dr. Heller and his team have handled them very well, and as painlessly as is possible. Dr. Heller explains things very thoroughly!

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