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Gum Graft

If the roots of your tooth have become exposed or you are experiencing teeth sensitivity, gum recession could be the cause.

A gum graft by the periodontists at Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A. can restore your gum line and ease pain.

At our Jackson, MS, practice, Drs. Roger Parkes and R. Clarke Stewart can treat your gum recession with a gum graft.

What Is a Gum Graft?


Gum grafts can restore receding gums by using healthy gum tissue from other places in your mouth and placing it where your gums have exposed your tooth roots. Tissue from an outside tissue bank can also be used.

Dr. Parkes Talks about Gum Grafting

Soft tissue grafting can give you a more attractive smile and improve your oral health. For superior, high-tech periodontal care in a comfortable, safe environment, our Jackson, MS, practice is the right choice.

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Patients from Clinton, Ridgeland, and surrounding areas have been coming to our Jackson practice for compassionate, first-class care since 1983.



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Most people consider dental work to be an unpleasant experience. Not so with these folks! From the minute I walked in all the ladies in the office were cheerful and accommodating. Dr. Stewart and Doris Ann did an amazing job with my surgery...no pain or problems, then or now, days later. They got my lingering problems corrected and I'm very impressed! Can't say enough about the care and professionalism. Two thumbs up to them and their team for a pleasant experience!! Mike O.-Canton

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I’ve ALWAYS been self conscious of my smile, even after clear aligners AND braces because of my “gummy smile” and small teeth, until I recently had the opportunity to undergo a procedure called Crown Lengthening offered by Dr. Roger Parkes (and his amazing assistant Tiffany

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Do You Have Gum Recession Symptoms?

If left untreated, gum recession can lead to infection, bone and tissue damage, and tooth loss. A gum grafting procedure performed by our esteemed periodontists can restore your oral health, your gum line, and treat symptoms like:

  • A gum line that reveals too much tooth surface
  • Tooth roots that are exposed
  • Bleeding or inflamed gum tissue
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Tooth decay

Your Comfort Is Our Priority

If oral surgery procedures such as a gum graft or placement of dental implants makes you anxious, we offer various types of gentle sedation to make your experience a relaxing, pain-free one. Our periodontists can discuss sedation options with you.

Types of Gum Grafts

Depending on your individual case, a personalized treatment plan can be developed for you by our doctors. After a numbing anesthetic is administered, gum grafts like these can begin:

Possible Procedures

Connective-Tissue Grafts

  • A small flap is cut on the roof of the mouth.
  • Healthy tissue is removed from under the flap and the flap is sutured back in place.
  • The new tissue, which is the graft, is attached to the receding gums to cover the exposed tooth roots.
  • The graft binds with the receding gums to permanently lengthen the gum line and provide a nice frame for the teeth.

Free Gingival Grafts

  • If you have thin gum tissue, a free gingival gum graft, which is similar to a connective tissue gum graft, can help.
  • Instead of cutting a flap on the roof of the mouth, the tissue is removed directly from the surface.
  • The graft is then attached to receding gums to cover exposed tooth roots, permanently lengthening the gum line.

Pedicle Grafts

  • This procedure can help if you have good tissue near your receding gums. 
  • Instead of using tissue from the roof of your mouth, a flap of tissue, called a pedicle, is made where the receding gums are.
  • The flap is either pulled up over the tooth roots (lower jaw) or pulled down over the tooth roots (upper jaw) to lengthen the gum line.

Gum Graft Surgery Recovery

  • You might have some mild soreness for a few days, which can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription pain meds.
  • Stick to a soft diet (eggs, pasta etc.) and avoid brushing or flossing in the graft area for about a week.
  • In the meantime, use an antiseptic mouthwash, as recommended by our doctors, to keep your mouth free of bacteria.
Dr. Roger B Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart

Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A.

Our periodontists, Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart are committed to providing patients in Clinton, Ridgeland, and Jackson, MS, with high-quality care in a comfortable setting. They are affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Jackson Dental Society

To schedule a consultation at our periodontal practice, contact us online or call (601) 956-1230.

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"Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff." Alex S.

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