Gum Grafting

When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.

When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.

In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When significant, gum recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.

A real example of gum recession   A corrected gum line recession after gum grafting
before and after gum grafting

A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.

The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.

The Perico Group

5 out of 5 stars based on 8 Gum grafting reviews.

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

For gum grafting was a better experience then I expected. You should not go on the internet and read all the negative stuff. As for listening to people with negative thoughts about gum grafting is a huge no no. The Perico Group is the Best !!!! Not sure what my experience will be when the numbness wears off, but I'm sure I'll be fine and I know I can call them anytime if I have questions or concerns.

- michelle r

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

So far I had an excellent experience

- Diego P

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Just wanted to thank Dr. Sabra and his team, Will and Chelsea, for their exceptional competence at accomplishing this work. They explained everything thoroughly so I was well prepared. They were gentle so pain was minimal. And they helped me make sure I was doing everything properly at home to protect the surgical site. When I first realized I needed this procedure, I must admit it was scary; like most people, I fear mouth pain and worry about how my smile will look afterwards. This whole experience was so much better than I feared and expected. I would recommend this team to anyone.

- Christina G

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Going to any dental provider is a hair raising enough experience for me, but these folks actually make me look forward to maintaining my dental health!

- Philip W

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Sabra is the best!! Last year, I had gum grafting on the left side of my mouth and this year I returned to have the right side done. The whole experience was not at all what people had warned me about. I highly recommend Dr. Sabra and have already done that. He is professional, a perfectionist and very warm and nice!! A great experience both times.

- Barbara R

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Perico has been my Periodontal home for many years now. I trust them, I almost never have any serious pain no matter what the procedure. They follow up carefully and consistently, and are highly skilled and knowledgeable. I learned a long time ago that taking care of your gums and teeth pays off in the long run and now that I am in my 70's, that fact is more true than ever. When you are sitting in that chair and the person before you is holding a knife, you find yourself being extra-grateful that you made this choice, because they really know what they are doing.

- Fern B

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I didn't know what to expect since this was my first time to this office and having this procedure, but the dentist and staff were so kind, and made me feel very comfortable. I would like to add that it was really nice of the Dr. Wise to call me the night after my procedure to check on how I was doing -- not many will do this. Thank you!

- Lidio F

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I was very nervous about my gum graft. The procedure was surprisingly quick and painless. My surgeon was wonderful. It was so clear that he knew his stuff and takes pride in his work. There was not a single staff member I encountered at their office that was less than lovely. Top notch practice.

- Pamela G

5 out of 5 stars on