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Gum disease, genetics, hormonal changes, and overly aggressive toothbrushing can cause the gum tissue to recede. This not only compromises the appearance of your smile, but also increases your risk of tooth decay, tooth loss, and other issues. Dr. John Rink can provide a gum graft treatment at his Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, or Charleston, SC, offices to restore your gum line. The procedure involves using donor tissue to enhance both the health and appearance of your smile.

The Gum Grafting Procedure

There are three gum grafting techniques used by Dr. Rink:

  • Pedicle Grafts: Gum tissues close to the affected gum line are sourced, placed, and sutured to cover the exposed tooth surface.
  • Free Gingival Grafts: Tissues harvested from the roof of the patient’s mouth are placed and sutured onto the affected gum line.
  • Connective Tissue Grafts: Similar to the free gingival graft, this procedure involves a small incision being made on the roof of the mouth. Tissues beneath the incision are sourced and sutured onto the gum line. The incision on the roof of the mouth is then sutured closed to heal.

We administer a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout treatment. For patients who feel anxious or have difficulty sitting for long periods, we offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to help you feel calm and relaxed throughout treatment.

If you have noticed that you are experiencing gum recession, or if you have not visited a dentist in the last six months, please reach out to a member of our staff.

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Most patients can return to non-strenuous work the day after a gum graft.

If you receive a pedicle or free gingival graft, you can expect some pain in the roof of your mouth, similar to the feeling of having burned your mouth with hot food. It will take one to two weeks for your graft to heal. During that time, you should take care to avoid strenuous activity and to eat only mild foods such as yogurt, eggs, and bananas. As you heal, you should not brush or floss near the surgical site. Instead, you will be given a special mouth rinse that will remove bacteria from the area.

Benefits of Gum Grafting

Gum grafting treatment is essential for patients who have experienced gum recession. By covering and protecting the root, the tooth will be less susceptible to decay and tooth loss. In addition, a gum graft can improve the appearance of your smile.

If you have suffered gum recession due to periodontal disease, Dr. Rink can create a treatment plan to help maintain the health of your smile following your gum grafting procedure. Advanced periodontal disease is chronic, but it can be controlled. Under his care, you can start a new chapter of oral health in your life.

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. John Rink

Dr. Rink helps patients establish long-term oral health by maximizing their comfort and dental function, as well as improving the appearance of their teeth. If you have noticed that you are experiencing gum recession, or if you have not visited a dentist in the last six months, please reach out to a member of our staff at (843) 868-5795. We can schedule your consultation with Dr. Rink at our Charleston, Hilton Head, or Myrtle Beach locations for your convenience.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update


To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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