Gum grafting

Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that consists of restoring thickness and height to damaged gums to correct gingival recession.

Not only does gum loss affect the aesthetics of the smile, but this periodontal disease also carries a risk of loosening, which can rapidly lead to deep infections (periodontitis) or abnormal tooth mobility (risk of tooth loss).

Why have a gingival graft ?

Once we have treated the cause of periodontal disease, we can treat its consequences, i.e. gum loss. The aim of a graft is to thicken or replace the lost gum tissue.

Before proceeding with a graft, the gums need to be cleaned. This treatment is carried out by a dedicated periodontics team.

Only once the infectious cause has been resolved can the patient receive a gum graft.

A gum graft may be proposed in the following cases :

  • to cover a bare root;
  • thicken the gums;
  • create new gingiva and replace lost gingiva;
  • improve the long-term prognosis of a tooth;
  • harmonise the gums around the teeth for a more harmonious smile.

Gum grafts are not always possible.

The procedure : gum grafting

The graft is performed under local anaesthetic.

The results of a gum graft

Sana Oris provides patients requiring gum grafting with a team of dedicated periodontists and surgeons who work in coordination.

The results of this procedure are visible from the very first weeks, and the results progress positively up to 6 to 12 months after the operation.

There is no need to wait until the recession is too far advanced before resorting to a gum graft.

The cost of a gum graft

The price of a gum graft will be given to you after an initial consultation.
It varies from case to case.
For further information or to make an appointment, please contact the clinic. Our secretariat will direct you to the most appropriate practitioner following a telephone consultation.

Intervention under sedation

On request, and in certain cases, an anaesthetist can provide conscious sedation (“semi-general” anaesthesia) for phobic patients.


How do I know if I need gum surgery ?

Gum surgery is intended for patients with receding gums. The operation consists of restoring thickness or replacing lost gums. Gum loss can be caused by poor oral hygiene or periodontal disease.

Is a gum graft still possible ?

A gum graft can only be carried out if there is sufficient bone mass in the teeth concerned. If there is not enough bone, a bone graft can be considered with the dental surgeon. When the gum is retracted into the tooth, the graft generally cannot compensate for this lack, which is generally caused by tooth loosening.

Is gum surgery reimbursed by social security ?

Gum grafts are not reimbursed by the social security system: they are considered to be “outside the nomenclature”, meaning that each dental surgeon will set his or her own price. In France, on average, the price of a gum graft varies between €650 and €1,600. At Sana Oris, the price will be quoted at your first consultation.

What is the difference between a gum graft and a bone graft ?

A gum graft involves the removal and placement of gum tissue to treat aesthetic problems or gum recession. A bone graft involves adding bone to strengthen the supporting structures, often used to regenerate bone lost as a result of periodontal disease.

What is the role of oral hygiene and post-operative care following periodontal surgery ?

Oral hygiene and post-operative care after periodontal surgery are essential to promote healing and prevent complications. Proper brushing, the use of recommended mouthwashes and following the professional’s instructions help maintain optimal oral health, promoting healing and stable surgical results.

Can I smoke after a gum transplant ?

It is strongly recommended that you avoid smoking after a gum graft. Smoking can hinder healing by reducing the blood flow necessary for optimal healing. Nicotine can also increase the risk of infection and compromise the results of the graft. It is best to refrain from smoking during the recommended recovery period.

How does a gum graft work ?

A gum graft involves the removal of gum tissue from the patient’s mouth, followed by its attachment to the treated area. The aim of this process is to increase the amount of gum tissue, correct recession or improve aesthetics. Healing promotes the integration of the transplanted tissue with the existing gums.

What is the aim of a gum graft ?

The main aim of a gum graft is to improve oral health and aesthetics. It aims to correct gum recession, increase the amount of gum tissue for better protection of the teeth and improve the harmony of the smile. Grafting also helps to prevent complications and preserve dental support structures.

What are the risks of a poorly performed gum graft ?

A poorly performed gum graft can lead to problems such as graft rejection, infection, excessive bleeding, prolonged sensitivity, aesthetic asymmetry or healing failure. In addition, a poor procedure may not resolve the underlying problems, leading to a recurrence of symptoms and the need for further interventions.

Do you have a question ? 

Would you like more information or would you like to make an appointment ?
Ask your question to the surgeons at Clinique dentaire Sana Oris or make an appointment.