Tissue Grafting & Receding Gums

Tissue Grafting for Receding Gums

Receding gums is just what it sounds like — it happens when the soft tissue around the teeth (your gums) erodes. When this occurs, it can cause pain and sensitivity, leading to further issues and taking away from your beautiful smile.

However, you don’t have to grin and bear it — Perio Clinic Oakville can help. We offer tissue grafting procedures to restore your gums, so you can have a healthy, dazzling, and pain-free smile.

What is Tissue Grafting?

Tissue grafting involves a series of different procedures used to correct gum recession around the teeth, or implants, and soft tissue deformities due to trauma or infection. The goal is to create an adequate band of healthy gum tissue around your teeth to keep the site stable and resistant. This eliminates the symptoms of pain or thermal sensitivity on exposed roots, and improves the overall cosmetic appearance of your teeth.

What Causes Receding Gums?

Receding gums is a sign of tissue breakdown that happens gradually over time. The most common causes of receding gums include periodontal disease, your genes, aggravation caused by toothbrushing, inadequate dental care, tobacco use, grinding of the teeth, misaligned teeth, and even hormonal changes.

In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of receding gums. This disease frequently occurs due to bacterial infections which gradually destroy the gum tissue and the supporting bone beneath. In its early stages, periodontal disease is known as gingivitis.

How it Works

Tissue Grafts

Tissue grafts (or gum grafts) are performed to stabilize the attachment loss and improve the health of the tooth or implant. Tissue grafts can be harvested from multiple sites from the patient’s mouth, or a donor allograft (or tissue substitute) can be used to complete the procedure.


Dr Mohamed and his team will examine your case and determine which type of graft you need, as well as which technique will provide you with the best results. He then uses state-of-the-art grafting and microsurgery techniques to help you achieve your goals.


Contrary to popular belief, gum surgery doesn’t have to be painful, uncomfortable or require a lengthy recovery. At Perio Clinic Oakville, we help you achieve great oral health and a smile that you want to show off — with minimally-invasive periodontal procedures.


“I had to have gum recession surgery involving a gum graft from the roof of my mouth. Dr. Mohamed took great care of me. I did not feel any pain during the procedure and was well taken care of by Dr. Mohamed and his staff. I received clear after-care instructions. Office staff called me the day after the procedure to make sure I was ok. Today is post-procedure day 2 and I have no pain. Swelling is as I had expected. Graft site looks amazing – Dr. Mohamed did a great job!! Very grateful and satisfied patient!”

Happy Patient

Before and After Gallery

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Lingual Tissue Grafting

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Allograft Tissue Grafting

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is tissue grafting painful?

The amount of discomfort you have after surgery depends on the type of gum graft. If tissue is not removed from your palate, you should have little discomfort. However, if tissue is removed, you may be uncomfortable for a few days after the procedure. At Perio Clinic Oakville, we use minimally-invasive techniques to ensure less downtime and a quick and relatively pain-free recovery.

Do I have to use my own tissues?

Not always. We have alternative options, such as dermal allografts and collagen based materials, which can serve as substitutes for your own tissue. Dr. Mohamed will review your options during your in-person consultation.

Can I be sedated during the procedure?

Our patients have a choice of sedation and freezing. Dr. Mohamed will discuss the best options for you while taking into consideration the details of the procedure.

How long is the procedure?

It largely depends on your periodontal needs. Typically, a single tooth takes 35-40 minutes while multiple teeth may take 1-2 hours.