Expert Gum Graft Surgery

With age comes the inevitable situation of gum recession. All the years of brushing and eating erodes away at your gums and exposes the sensitive roots of your gums. To counter-act all the sensitivity that may arise from exposed roots is to have a gum graft. If you’re looking for experts in gum graft surgery and you live near Gilbert, AZ – call us today for a consultation today.

Gum Graft Surgery

Gingival Graft Surgery

Gingival graft is needed in the presence of significant gum recession in the mouth. It’s important to have a sufficient width of gum (attached gingiva) around the base of the teeth/implants (at the gumline) such that it minimized the probability of food particles and bacteria lodging between the gum and teeth. Gum recession happens when there is insufficient attached gingival (pink gum) food or bacteria become lodged under the gumline. This may result in further recession of the gum or a localized infection (gum abscesses). It’s also not possible to cover fillings with gingival (gum) tissue, if fillings exist along the edge of the gingiva (gum) the filling will be removed.

Why Do I Need Gum Grafting?

The purpose of this procedure is to create an adequate band (width) of attached gum tissue so as to prevent the likelihood of further gum recession.

Suggested Treatment

This is a surgical procedure involving the removal of a thin strip from the roof of your mouth, alongside the upper teeth, and transplanting it to the area of significant gum recession. There, it can be placed at the base of the remaining gum or it can be placed so as to partially cover the tooth root/implant surface exposed by the recession. If the latter is attempted.


before and after a gum graft


Risks Related to Gum Grafting Surgery

Risks related to gingival grafting surgery might include but are not limited to post-surgical infection, bleeding, swelling, pain, facial discoloration, transient, but on occasion, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold.

The proposed surgery will be successful in eradicating pockets, infections or further bone loss or recession. It is anticipated (hoped) that the surgery will provide benefit in improving the condition and produce healing which will enhance the possibility of longer retention of teeth/implants by reducing the likelihood of further gum recession in the treated area(s) but due to individual patient differences, one cannot predict the absolute certainty of success. Therefore, there exists the risk of failure.

Unforeseen Conditions

During surgery, unforeseen conditions may be discovered which call for a modification or change from the anticipated surgery plan. These may include but are not limited to discontinuing the procedures prior to completion of all the surgery originally outlined. Performance of such additional or alternative procedures may be deemed necessary in the best judgment of the treating doctor.

Compliance With Self-Care Instructions

Excessive smoking and/or alcohol intake may affect healing and may limit the successful outcome of the surgery. It is very important to report for appointments following the surgery as suggested so that the healing may be monitored and so that the doctor can evaluate and report on the outcome of surgery upon completion of healing.


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Benefitting From Gum Graft Surgery


Mouths cheer with delight when Dr. Mansoor treats recessed gums! There are many ways this simple procedure can enhance your quality of life. Common advantages include: 

A Better Smile

A gum shortage can ruin an otherwise pretty smile. Teeth may appear too long. Addressing this condition can make you beam from ear to ear.

Enhanced Dental Health

A ripple effect can be felt throughout the mouth. Gum fitness is closely connected to other aspects of oral health. Safeguarding this part of your mouth helps prevent further damage, decay and tooth loss.

Gingiva Line Restoration

Rows of teeth can look lopsided without enough tissue. This process evens out the appearance of the gum line.

Less Tooth Sensitivity

Affected teeth may be overexposed. Certain foods and beverages can cause discomfort. Temperatures of foods and drinks can also lead to irritation. Gingiva, or gum, replacement acts as a defense.


This procedure may only take a little bit of your time, but the positive impact can last for years. Advantages may even continue for the rest of your life.


If recession is deep enough, tooth roots may be exposed. Added tissue comes to the rescue as it covers these areas. Inflammation is reduced with expert surgery. Plaque is less likely to get under the area and cause problems. Recession ends.

Gum Grafting Frequently Asked Questions

Does insurance cover gingival graft surgery?

Many insurance companies will cover a percentage if done for health reasons, not cosmetic. Each insurance company and its policies differ. Guidelines change frequently. It’s best to find out ahead of time.

Does gum grafting surgery hurt?

Most of the time, this surgery doesn’t cause distress. A local anesthetic helps. Keep in mind though- the type of procedure can impact your pain level. When your own tissue is required, the invasive factor increases.

Once anesthesia has worn off, you may experience a slight to moderate discomfort. Dr. Mansoor may advise taking Ibuprofen or Tylenol. These over-the-counter remedies such should take the sting out quickly.

How much does gum grafting cost?

There’s no one way to answer this question. The average cost for this procedure can be anywhere from $500 to $3,500. A couple of elements can determine the final price:

  • Anesthetic. Local anesthetic usually does the trick. But you may request sedation (at an added fee) for more comfort.
  • Grafting. Can tissue be harvested from the roof your mouth or near the problem tooth? If not, an alternative is needed. Donor tissue or collagen strips may tack on costs.
  • Locale. The area where grafts are applied matters too. Side and back teeth are harder to reach than front teeth. You’re partly paying for Dr. Mansoor’s expertise. Spending more time to do the same task can increase the expense.
  • Number of teeth. Obviously, it will cost less to have one tooth done than say… six. But, if you have several teeth done at the same time, the cost per tooth may be less.

Smiles by Hanna offers an in-office discount plan and payment plan through CareCredit.

What are potential risks?

The overall success rate for this procedure is more than 90 percent. But, every kind of surgery comes with a pinch of uncertainty.

Possible risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Blotching in the facial region
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tooth sensitivity

There are two ways to help you avoid adverse reactions:

  1. Go to a skilled periodontist. Training and experience are the sought-after combo here. Choosing a well-qualified dental professional gives you the best chance of success. When you sit in Dr. Mansoor’s chair, you know you’ll receive excellent care.
  2. Follow aftercare directions. Before leaving the office, you’ll be given a set of instructions. Don’t second-guess or question any steps. Follow every instruction as written.

What is gum grafting surgery?

Dr. Mansoor basically tucks tooth roots in nice and snugly. Affected areas are covered with tissue or collagen.

What types of gingiva replacements are there?

All performed by a periodontist, there are several kinds that could work depending on the condition of your gums. One of the following may be recommended:

  • Connective tissue graft. This common way of enhancing gums uses tissue from the roof of your mouth. The harvested matter is then added to a particular spot.
  • Donor tissue. Tissue banks are where alternative coverings can be found. This material will be attached just as if it were your own.
  • Free gingival graft. Similar to connective tissue grafting, this substance is harvested from your mouth’s palate.
  • Pedicle graft. Tissue is taken near the area where you need work done. Only patients with enough gingival tissue are candidates for this process.
  • Pinhole gum surgery. Collagen strips are used instead of tissue. The strips are pressed through a tiny hole in your gums. Stitches are not needed in this minimally invasive technique.

What should I do to recover from gum grafting surgery?

While only a minor procedure, you should treat your recovery seriously. The team at Smiles by Hanna will give post-surgery instructions. Most regular diets can resume in two weeks. Excessive smoking and alcohol consumption won’t be on the menu.


  • Acidic beverages (juices and soda)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Chewy foods (taffy and gummy bears)
  • Hard to chew foods (steak, toffee and raw veggies)
  • Spicy foods
  • Strenuous exercise for a week
  • Tobacco use
  • Using straws

Elevate your head with plenty of pillows

Keep scheduled follow-up appointments

Minimize swelling by applying ice pack to area for short bursts of time throughout first 24 to 48 hours afterwards

Stay hydrated

Stick to a liquid food diet for a few days after surgery

Use anti-microbial mouthwash as directed

What’s the procedure like?

A local anesthesia is typically given. Dr. Mansoor gets to work. The process goes by quickly. You may be asked to stay for a period afterwards to ensure all is well.

Who needs gingival grafting?

Anyone with recessed gums can benefit from this technique. These areas of the mouth can sit tight afterwards. A gingiva replacement can add years to the life of a tooth.

Why did my gums recede?

Food and bacteria find a comfy new home in gingiva. As time goes on, your gingiva reacts to this invasion by receding. While the villain is usually poor oral hygiene, there can be other factors in play.

Causes include:

  • Age. Gum tissue loses elasticity with age. Receding begins. Trouble follows.
  • Bruxism. Your gingiva could be in danger if you grind your teeth.
  • Diabetes. If this condition is not controlled, you risk recession.
  • Heredity. If Mom, Dad or your siblings fight an uphill battle with keeping gums healthy, you may too. But don’t lose hope. Genetics may play a role, but proactive measures can still be taken.
  • Lack of care. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day can make a huge impact. If oral health is continually neglected, your chances of needing this surgery will be high.
  • Misalignment. A strange bite and crooked teeth can cause the mouth to close incorrectly. When teeth repeatedly close at the wrong angle, gums take on too much pressure. Gingival tissue can’t withstand this abuse over time.
  • Periodontitis. Also known as gum disease, this infection is a mouth’s menace. Instead of being pink and firm, this area can become swollen and red. Bleeding after brushing is common. Teeth start to loosen. Without gums to act as a stabilizer, tooth loss is certain.
  • Tobacco use. Any type of tobacco product can wreck dental health. The more years of use, the worse your condition becomes.

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