Gum Graft

Gum Graft

Gum tissue recession can cause tooth sensitivity and make your teeth look longer, causing discomfort and feelings of self-consciousness.

With a simple gum graft, board-certified periodontist Mark Khaimov can cover your exposed tooth roots and enhance your smile's symmetry.

Find out how a gum graft at MK Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, PC in Nutley and Florham Park, NJ, can help you...

What Is Gum Recession?

Gum recession occurs when your gym tissue pulls away from your teeth, exposing the roots. It can be caused by several factors, including aggressive brushing, smoking, and genetics. While gum recession can affect people of all ages, it’s most common in those over 65. You’re more likely to develop gum recession if you:

  • Have periodontal disease
  • Use chewing tobacco
  • Brush your teeth aggressively
  • Had orthodontic treatment, i.e. braces
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Symptoms of Gum Recession

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The most apparent sign of gum recession is tooth root exposure. However, there are other symptoms you should be aware of, including:

  • Pain or discomfort around gum line
  • Sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets
  • Sensitivity when brushing, flossing, or receiving dental cleanings
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Uneven gum line

If left untreated, gum recession can give way to severe oral health problems, including tooth loss. If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, get in touch with our dentists in Nutley today. Gum grafting can address your paint points and reduce your risks of severe gum disease.

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Danielle Burke

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"Dr. Khaimov was very friendly and made me feel so comfortable prior to my gum graft. He explained to me everything he was going to do step by step and asked for my opinion as well."

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Erinn Pina

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"Dr Khaimov is truly a wonderful doctor. He is caring, calming and extremely talented. His staff is also great. Everyone is always pleasant and professional. Everything about MK Periodontics is top-notch. Thank you Dr Khaimov:)"

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Restore Your Gum's Health and Appearance With Gum Grafting in Nutley

Tired of having to avoid hot and cold food and drinks because of sensitive teeth? Always trying to hide your smile because of a damaged gum line? Enjoy a better quality of life with a simple gum grafting procedure at our Nutley, NJ, or Florham Park, NJ, practice. For more information or to request a consultation, contact our periodontists today:

Nutley Office: (973) 798-2639


Florham Park Office: (973) 377-3131

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Benefits of Gum Grafting

Our goal is to restore your natural gum line to protect your teeth. Neglecting treatment can cause further deterioration of the gums and increase your risk of gum disease. Your gums will heal quickly after this procedure so you can look forward to a healthy new smile in a few short weeks.

Benefits of gum grafting include:

Covers exposed roots to protect against decay

A receding gum line that exposes roots increases the risk of tooth decay and other oral health complications. However, a gum graft protects your teeth – as well as their roots – from further decay and prevents inflammation.

Reduces tooth sensitivity

When teeth are exposed, they are highly sensitive to touch and even hot or cold foods. Gum grafting adds a layer of protection and reduces discomfort.

Enhances the appearance of your smile

Receding gums can make teeth appear longer and less attractive. Added gum tissue can significantly up the appeal of your smile as your gums will look more even and natural.

Improves periodontal health

Without strong, healthy gum tissue, plaque can make its way under the gums and to other sensitive areas, resulting in cavities and decay. Grafting reinforces the tissue, safeguarding against further problems and promoting periodontal health.

From aesthetics and self-confidence to reduced sensitivity, disease prevention, and beyond, gum grafting presents myriad benefits.

How Much Does a Gum Graft Cost?


Gum grafts can cost anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. If you’re insured, this procedure may be covered in full or at a minimal out-of-pocket cost to you. Additionally, our practice in NJ proudly offers financing options – including CareCredit – to keep the treatment you need accessible. We are committed to helping patients from Nutley and beyond reap the benefits of our comprehensive care at a price point that works for them.

Gum Graft Recovery What to Expect

During the first week or two of recovery, it’s recommended that you try to eat soft, cold foods to ensure you don’t damage the graft; hard or hot foods can burn or irritate it. Good foods for the recovery period include:

  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Vegetables (cooked until soft)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Ice cream
  • Jell-O

Our periodontists in Nutley may also recommend you use an antimicrobial mouthwash for the first few weeks after your procedure to thwart infections, plaque buildup, or graft issues. Brushing or flossing around the treatment area may also be unsafe or discouraged for a certain period of time. Rest assured our dentists will happily consult you on aftercare tips that will make your recovery as comfortable as possible.

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"Very gentle and professional. Makes sure you are comfortable and procedure was pain free and tolerable."

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"Dr. Mark and his staff are outstanding.  He takes the time to answer all your questions and his staff is very sweet and educated.  Very clean office."

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Dr. Khaimov

Dr. Mark Khaimov

Dr. Mark Khaimov is a board-certified periodontist and implant dentist proudly serving the Nutley and Florham Park communities. He is dedicated to providing quality care in a relaxed environment. MK Periodontics & Implant Dentistry is proud to be affiliated with the:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • New Jersey Dental Association
  • American Dental Association

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call one of our two convenient locations today.

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