Gum Grafting Specialist

Sunrise Dental offers gum grafting, a treatment that may be recommended when root surfaces are exposed or when the gums are starting to noticeably recede. Ray Liao, DDS, MSD in Moses Lake, Washington, uses this method to preserve both the appearance and the functionality of your smile and help you achieve your best oral health. If your gums are causing you health problems, make an appointment with Sunrise Dental today. You can call the office or use the online booking tool.

Gum Grafting Q & A

What is Gum Grafting?

A gum graft, also known as a gingival graft, is a periodontal surgery in which the gum tissue must be built up with a transplant material to protect the integrity of your tooth. This may be needed due to lack of natural gum tissue in the area, gum recession, exposed root surfaces, or for some other reason. Some patients opt for gum grafting surgery for cosmetic reasons.

This surgery can also greatly enhance the appearance of your smile, and protect your bones. If there's insufficient gum tissue and the problem is not addressed, the bone underneath the gums can eventually become damaged and even more serious health problems could develop.

What are the Different Types of Gum Grafts?

There are three main kinds of gum tissue grafting:

  • Connective Tissue Graft: During this type of gum grafting, a flap is created so that donor tissue can be taken from the roof of the mouth and then placed in the area where it's needed. The donor area is then stitched closed. This is the most common kind of gum grafting.
  • Free Gingival Graft: This type of gum grafting also uses donor tissue from the roof of the mouth. However, no flap is made.
  • Pedicle Graft: This kind of gum grafting uses donor tissue from the immediate area. A pedicle (flap) is made, leaving one side attached. The unattached part of the gum is stretched down to create the necessary coverage and then secured into place.

What Type of Precautions Should You Take After Gum Grafting?

It's very important that you follow all instructions and guidelines provided by Dr. Liao after your gum grafting surgery. For three days post-surgery, you should avoid spitting, smoking, drinking carbonated beverages, drinking with a straw, or making any sucking motions with your mouth. You'll generally need to stick to a soft diet for at least one week after your surgery.

Dr. Liao will advise you as to when and how to brush and floss after gum grafting surgery. You may experience some discomfort or pain after gum grafting surgery. Dr. Liao will recommend medications that can help alleviate the pain.

Worried about receding gums? You can use our online appointment maker to see Dr. Liao as soon as possible. The Sunrise Dental team looks forward to seeing you.


We care greatly about your dental health at Sunrise Dental of Moses Lake. We accept many insurance plans to help patients achieve the care that they need. If you have any questions about how we can help you afford your dental care, please call our office to learn more. Thank you in advance from the staff at Sunrise Dental of Moses Lake.

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