Gum Grafting

Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from periodontal disease and sensitivity while giving you a great smile. When recession of the gums occurs, the body loses its natural defense against bacteria. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option


Before and after gum grafting procedure

Why treat gum recession?

Aggressive tooth brushing, periodontal disease and teeth grinding are primary causes for recession, which can lead to the following:

  • Unattractive smile
  • Root sensitivity and decay
  • Loss of supporting bone and potential tooth loss
  • Plaque build-up and advanced periodontal disease
  • Risk of future recession

Gum recession is sometimes treated by retrieving soft tissue from the roof (palate) of your mouth. However, removing a section of your palate creates unnecessary pain and discomfort.

Alloderm Gum Grafting is our treatment of choice for gum recession

AlloDerm® is obtained from tissue bank and has been processed to remove all cells creating a regenerative tissue matrix that does not interact with your own cells. Its success in soft tissue treatments is documented by more than 10 years of dental applications and research.

AlloDerm® enables your clinician to restore your smile without retrieving tissue from the palate, and it provides a natural esthetic outcome and a predictable alternative to using your own tissue.

Recovery instructions can vary for each patient and will be provided by your dentist. Most patients report minimal soreness after 24 hours of the procedure with the recommended antibiotics and mouth rinse. Thin sutures are placed during the procedure and are recommended to stay for a few weeks to allow for proper gum tissue healing and positioning.

To find out if you are a candidate, contact the office to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Sara Anwar

Comprehensive Oral Exams

All New and returning patients receive a comprehensive oral examination at our San Jose Officewhich includes a screening for oral cancer, gum and bone disease, blood pressure, and systemic disorders. Oral exams are necessary to determine current dental health.

Gum tissue is measured with a fine instrument ruler to calibrate in millimeters pocket depth between the tooth and the connective gum tissue around the tooth. Pocket depth more than 4 mm could indicate disease and infection and requires immediate attention.

X-rays are taken as needed.