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Rockville, MD Office

15200 Shady Grove Rd #105A
Rockville, MD 20850

Gum Grafting

If left untreated, gum disease can become a serious problem that attacks the bone and tissues of our mouth. Gum disease starts when improper hygiene practices are adopted, failing to give our teeth and gums the care they need. As a result of these practices, the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gingivitis remain unchecked. At first you may only experience inflamed gums that are tender and bleed when brushed, but if left untreated you can expect to see the development of abscesses, cavities, gum pockets, and in severe cases deterioration of the jawbone and gums.

How We Treat Gum Disease At Perio & Implant

Treating your gum disease is an important part of getting your oral health on track. At our offices we provide various treatments based on the severity of your case and what will be necessary to achieve this goal. Among these treatments are:

  • Professional Cleaning – An in depth cleaning of your teeth above the gum line to eliminate plaque, tartar, and bacteria that cause gingivitis.
  • Scaling and Root Planing – This procedure cleans the roots of your teeth and smooths them to make it difficult for gum disease to take hold. This can make it possible for your gums to heal and seal back against your teeth.
  • Periodontal Surgery – A professional cleaning may be enough when gum disease is just taking hold, but when it advances far enough that even scaling and planing doesn’t help, surgery may be necessary. This treatment eliminates hard to reach plaque and tartar, and can be used to correct gum pocketing.

Prevent Gingivitis And Periodontal Disease After Treatment

The first thing to do following your treatment is establish or return to proper hygiene practices. One essential part of these practices is ensuring that you schedule an appointment with our office at least twice a year. During these appointments the progress of your oral health will be evaluated and a professional cleaning performed. These cleanings are more thorough than those performed by a traditional dentist office, ensuring that the inflammation from periodontal disease is eased and your gums become healthier.

Gum Disease Won’t Go Away On Its Own

When gum disease has set in its almost always too late for simple oral hygiene to reverse. While brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly can help slow or even halt its advance, it won’t reverse it. Receiving proper care from a trained professional is the only way to ensure that you get your oral health back on track and protect your teeth against future damage by eliminating periodontal disease.

If you’re concerned you may be experiencing symptoms associated with periodontal disease, give our offices a call at 202-737-1850 today! Our team of wonderful staff will arrange an appointment for you with Dr. Jean Li at our offices in 15200 Shady Grove Road, Suite 105, Rockville, MD. During your visit you’ll undergo a standard dental exam followed by a consultation on next steps for treating any presence of periodontal disease. A beautiful pain-free smile with healthy pink gums can be yours!

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, soft tissue grafting is recommended once the gingival tissue has reached the mucosa. However, you may be a candidate for soft tissue grafting if you have noticeable gum line recession that is a source of embarrassment, is a risk to your oral health.
If you decide to undergo soft tissue grafting, your procedure will take place in your oral health provider’s office. The grafting site will be numbed, and the existing gum tissue will be loosened to make room for the graft. The grafting material is sutured in place, and you will return home the same day as your procedure.
It is normal to experience some soreness and swelling at the grafting site after your procedure. However, this will subside after a few days as your tissue graft continues to heal. Be sure to follow your post-procedural guidelines exactly as ordered by your oral surgeon, and take any prescriptions as instructed. Sutures usually dissolve or will be removed within a few days, and you should notice a significant improvement in the appearance of your gums within a few weeks. Keep in mind, however, that soft tissue grafts take several months to completely heal.

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