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Have you experienced periodontal disease that has caused the loss of natural gum tissue? Are you experiencing sensitivity of your teeth due to receding gums? Do you find that your receding gums have negatively impacted the appearance of your smile? If this sounds like you and you live in the area of McKinney, TX, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with our team of professionals at Thompson Dental. You may benefit from a procedure known as gum grafts or gum grafting.

What is gum graft surgery?

Gum graft surgery is a specialized procedure during which a dentist will restore the gum tissue of the smile. It is done when the gums have receded from aging or periodontal disease and have caused sensitivity or imperfections in the smile. Gum grafting uses donated gum tissue or gum tissue harvested from the patient to reposition the gum line for a more aesthetic appearance while also covering tooth roots that might have become sensitive with time.

What can I expect from my gum graft and healing process?

Gum grafting is done for a more aesthetic appearance to the smile and addresses problems such as tooth root sensitivity that can occur when the gum tissue has receded. The procedure is done in a single appointment with our experienced dental professional, who can ensure natural-looking results and optimum comfort. Patients interested in the procedure can ask about gum graft before and after photos available at the office to give them an idea of what they can expect.

In terms of healing and recovery, Dr. Ryan Thompson provides patients with aftercare instructions. There may be temporary changes in a patients’ diet, physical activity levels, and oral healthcare habits. Patients may have to avoid brushing or flossing for several days as the mouth heals, so alterations to their daily routines will change during the recovery period. Postoperative instructions are given after the procedure and should be followed closely to avoid infection and complications.

Are you considering gum graft surgery?

Connect with Dr. Ryan Thompson of Thompson Dental in McKinney, TX, to learn more about this and other oral surgeries. The office is located at 1550 South Custer Road, Suite #100, and accepts new and established patients who call the office at (972) 366-7743 to request an appointment.

Dr. Ryan Thompson


Dr. Ryan Thompson received his Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Management from Texas A&M University. After obtaining his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center, he served as a captain in the United States Air Force for a year while completing his Advanced Education General Dentistry Residency. He spent two more years as a dentist in the Air Force and worked as an associate dentist in Sherman, TX before opening Thompson Dental.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and North Texas Dental Society. He enjoys looking after the dental health of the communities in McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Plano, and Prosper and has also volunteered for several international dental mission trips.
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