Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Dental Gum Grafting

Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Dental Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting
Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Gum Grafting Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that thickens existing gums or covers exposed root surfaces to prevent gum recession from advancing. Exposed roots can develop for a variety of reasons, the most common being gum disease and/or aggressive brushing. Gum grafting will improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth and provide additional protection from common side effects of gum recession, such a increased tooth
sensitivity and susceptibility to periodontitis.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have years of experience treating a wide range of stages of gum disease and placing dental implants. To learn more about the gum grafting procedure, our clinic facilities, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Alexandria, VA office at (703) 823-2422 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 296-3360.


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Dr. Justin Zalewsky

Dr. Zalewsky

Dr. Justin Zalewsky, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, then went on to Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry where he received his Certificate of Periodontology and Oral Implantology.


Dr. Daru

Dr. Antara Daru, a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, then went on to University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dentistry where she received her Masters of Science in Oral Biology and Certificate in Periodontology and Oral Implantology.

Types of Gum Grafts

There are a variety of gum grafts that can be performed. Which graft is right for you will depend upon your particular case. The available grafting option material types include the following:

  • Allograft: Allograft is an artificial gum tissue graft that is highly effective and a popular approach, given that it is not required to take issue from other areas of your mouth. The artificial graft will be placed in the area in need of repair, which will enable the gums to repair themselves by growing new tissue cells. Once the regeneration process is complete, the tissue will be restored to its origin condition and have the same resilience, elasticity, and feel of healthy tissue.
  • Connective Tissue Grafts: Connective tissue grafts involve making a small flap into the palate in order to remove tissue under the top layer, which is then stitched around the exposed root, after which the flap is stitched down.
  • Free Gingival Grafts: Similar to connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts differ only in that a piece of tissue is removed from the palate and is then used to cover the exposed tooth. Commonly recommended for patients with thin gum tissue.
  • Pedicle Grafts: Pedicle grafts involve pulling a flap of tissue over the exposed tooth root then stitching this into position. Commonly reserved for patients with plenty of gum tissue close to the exposed root.

Gum Grafting Procedure

If it has been determined at your initial appointment that a gum graft is your best treatment option, you will need to schedule a follow-up appointment. The procedure will begin with administration of a local anesthetic. Once properly numbed, your periodontist will make small incisions to create a flap that allows space for the graft to be placed. Once the graft has been properly position, the flap will be sutured shut, which will prevent the graft from moving and allow the healing process to begin.

Gum Grafting Procedure Aftercare

Following your gum graft, it is important to follow post-operative instructions. Stick to a soft food diet for at least one to two weeks after the procedure and avoid any foods that are extremely cold or extremely hot. It is also important to avoid brushing or flossing around the gum line until the area has fully healed. In some cases, your periodontist may prescribe antibiotics to speed up the recovery process and reduce the risk of infection and/or pain medication to help manage any pain associated with the recovery process. If you follow these best practices, your graft should be fully healed within one to two weeks.

Once you have completed the recovery process, it will not be necessary to follow special aftercare instructions, although it is important to be aware of the reason this procedure was needed in the first place. Continue practicing good daily oral hygiene practices. Brush and floss twice daily and schedule regular visits to your periodontist. These regular visits ensure that your teeth will receive regular professional cleanings, and will reduce your risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy a bright and healthy smile for many years to come.

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Gum Grafting Treatment Cost

The cost of your gum graft will depend on a variety of factors, including your dental insurance plan, whether or not additional procedures are required, the severity of your case, and what type of dental sedation (if any) was used.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to ensuring that money is not a deterrent to our patients receiving the optimal dental health care they deserve. For this reason, we offer a range of payment options regardless of what type of treatment you are having, which our staff will be happy to explain and assist with. Our office insurance coordinators work with other insurance companies to assist patients with their claims.

For your convenience, Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry accepts cash, check, debit and credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, Visa, and Discover). Our clinic also accepts CareCredit, a financing option for procedures and treatments not typically covered by insurance, or when insurance does not cover the entire cost. We are happy to provide an application in our office or you can apply online at

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Providing you with Optimal Care

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are proud to provide optimal care for patients in the Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA area, and are dedicated to collaborating with your dentist to provide you with the customized treatment you deserve. In addition to having state-of-the-art equipment, we are also committed to creating a peaceful and relaxing environment, with amenities such as personal movie screens, neck pillows, and soft blankets available regardless of what procedure you are having performed.

To schedule your appointment for gum grafting, contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a bright and healthy smile!

Washington DC

2311 M Street NW Suite 500
Washington D.C. 20037
(202) 296-3360

Alexandria VA

4660 Kenmore Avenue Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 823-2422