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 unpleasant 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 decay and root abrasion.

 
before and after gum grafting

Gum Grafting Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the gum grafting process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about gum grafting.

Gum Grafting Overview

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.

What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique™?

The Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™ is a new procedure in which Drs. Hager or Bowers have received specialized training and uses patented instruments to make a small hole in your gum and add collagen material which stabilizes the area of gum recession. This new method is simple and minimally invasive.  Click here to learn more about PSTTM.

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This is my second procedure with Dr. Hager. He and his staff always take great care of me. He explains everything in detail before any procedure so it is always easy to make an informed decision.

- Christina B

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Overall, very positive experience. No complaints.

- Susan F

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I was totally dreading this procedure, based on the same procedure approx 10 years ago. I was very nervous, Dr Hagar and his staff were amazing, extremely professional, very accommodating and empathetic. After returning home shortly after surgery, the blood clot broke loose causing extreme bleeding. I panicked, called the office, and was back in the chair with Dr. Hagar and staff, within 30 minutes. The overall experience has been very positive and would recommend Dr Hagar and team to anyone Thank you for making this experience as positive as possible, given the circumstances.

- Dee J

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What can I say? PERFECTION!

- Sharon D

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Dr. Bowers made the experience a pleasant one. This was my first gum graft and root planing so I did not know what to expect. Her follow up was excellent - even texting to make sure I was ok.

- Joy H

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Although I don't anticipate another visit, Dr. Bowers and her staff made this a VERY pain free experience with superior results. A huge "thank you" to all! Oh, you may get to meet a super friendly puppy too.

- Douglas Y

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I had a very positive experience with my gum graft surgery. Dr. Bowers is excellent!

- Susan T

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I was very pleased with the excellent care that I received during my gum grafting surgery.

- Susan T

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Friendly staff and the procedure was better than I imagined it would be.

- Brett J

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The staff and Dr. Hager were all very helpful and gave me a lot of information about my procedure. I am very pleased with my results and would definitely recommend them.

- Cindy S

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Procedure was explained and done in relatively short amount of time. Staff was friendly and courteous. Wait time less than 3 minutes of appt time or even before scheduled time. Dr is on time!

- Gina M

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I may have had fewer problems had I called the office on Monday, just after the real pain started. I was not told that the palate protector could be adjusted if it was causing a patient to have problems. I didn't realize that the PP was the solution to the pain problem. Possibly if Dr. Hagar had seen me on the day after I had surgery when I was in to have the PP adjusted so that I could remove it, he would have seen that it was too tight, big. Once he adjusted it, the pain problem was nearly resolved.

- Ellen M

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Amazing service and awesome results.

- Brittany F

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I was treated very well by Dr. Hager and his staff.

- Marilyn Solomon A

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I was very pleased with my procedure and the care I received.

- April G

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This procedure had me nervous. Waiting time for my appointment was 10 minutes, the staff was fabulous. Dr Hager was great, first his assistant and then he explained the procedure completely. The instructions were complete and concise, I felt very confident going in that everything would be OK, and it was. Amazing results !!!

- Barbara M

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Great

- Anonymous

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I had a very good experience with the staff during what was an unpleasant procedure. Care was taken to make sure I understood the procedure, aftercare, and probable outcome. The result of my procedure was excellent and I'm so glad I did it!

- Mindy C

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It was very good.

- Gabe F

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Great experience.

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