Gum Grafting in London

Contact us today to restore your smile

  • Treat gum disease
  • Replace lost gums
  • Prevent damage

Avg. Treatment Time

45 – 90 Minutes



No. of Treatments

1 – 2

Gum grafting is a procedure which transfers healthy gum tissue from one area of the mouth and uses it to build up and restore damaged gums that have receded. Receding gums can expose the tooth root and create pockets for bacteria to thrive in.

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A word from Smita Mehra, Principal Dentist

Gum grafting can do a lot to help gum recession or thinning gum. If the roots of your teeth are painful or sensitive to cold, you might need to think about a graft. Our Periodontal dentists will do everything they can to prevent the need for a graft by preventing gum disease before it happens.

When gums become infected, they begin to pull away from the teeth and create small gaps (or pockets) which become filled with plaque, tartar and bacteria. This can lead to infection in the gum tissue (gum disease), which makes the gums red, swollen, painful and prone to bleeding.

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Gum grafting allows us to treat and restore receding gums by transferring healthy gum tissue from one part of the mouth to another. This has the benefit of covering any exposed roots or bone and also provides a stable support for your teeth.

Gum Grafting at the Neem Tree

Whether you require a gum grafting procedure for cosmetic reasons or to help treat gum disease, there are several options available to you. We provide both surgical and less invasive pinhole procedures to help restore and repair your gums.

We use local anaesthetic to ensure that the procedure is as comfortable and painless as possible.

Contact us today to find out more about our Gum Grafting services from our practices in Esher, Surrey or Wandsworth, South West London.

Book a Gum Grafting Appointment



The Neem Tree
Wandsworth Dental Practice

515 Old York Rd, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1TF
Call: 02088 700 030
Email: [email protected]



The Neem Tree
Esher Dental Practice

138 High Street, Esher, KT10 9QJ
Call: 01372 464 000
Email: [email protected]

Fee Guide

Specialist Consultation (excl. diagnostic x-rays)£260
Periodontal Review (1 hour)£260
6-point Periodontal Chart£160
Gum GraftingPlease contact
Crown Lengthening Surgeryfrom £600
Peri-implantitisfrom £425
Surgical Periodontal Treatmentfrom £575
Periodontal Maintenancefrom £145
Non-Surgical Root Surface Debridementfrom £425 per hour
Pinhole Gum Graftingfrom £1,250

Learn more about gum grafting

What is the gum grafting procedure?

A range of gum grafting procedures can be carried out including treating recession defects, removal of epulis or other soft tissue lesions to assessing and treating soft tissue around implants. A full range of techniques are used. These include, Connective Tissue Grafting, Free Gingival Grafts, Alloderm/Mucograft Grafts, Grafts around the implants to regain keratinised tissue.

An excessively “gummy” smile can similarly be treated by surgically removing the gum, revealing more tooth and resulting in an improved appearance.

What are the effects of untreated gum recession?

Leaving receding gums can lead to severe recession, sensitivity, root decay and tooth loss. This can cause more long term problems with aesthetic concerns and oral discomfort.

What are the benefits of gum grafting?
  • Prevents the progression of gum recession and bone loss.
  • Protecting roots of teeth from decay.
  • Prevention of sensitivity.
  • Better aesthetic results.
What types of gum grafting are there?

There are 3 main types of gum grafting.

Connective tissue grafts – These are the most common type of gum grafting procedure. The periodontist begins by making a small incision in the roof of your mouth, creating a flap that can be pulled back. They will then remove a small amount of connective tissue underneath the top layer. This piece will then be stitched onto the affected area of your gums, covering the exposed portion of your tooth.

Free Gingival Grafts – This procedure is usually performed for patients who have thin gums and need more tissue in place to prevent recession. Your dentist fill remove tissue directly from the top layer of the roof of your mouth, as opposed to taking it from the underlying layers. This tissue is then stitched directly onto the affected gums.

Pedicle grafts – This procedure is performed when patients have enough gum already existing next to the affected area. Tissue is not removed from another part of the mouth for this procedure. Your periodontist will make an incision in the gum next to the affected area. The resulting flap is then pulled back over the area requiring extra tissue. The tissue is then stitched to keep it in place, covering the exposed root of the tooth.


An epulis is a term used to describe tumours and tumour-like lesions on the gums.

Gum disease
Gum disease is an infection of the gums which usually presents as red, swollen gums which tend to bleed easily.

Gummy smile
A gummy smile is when the gums protrude excessively above the top teeth.

Keratinised tissue
Keratinised tissue is the gum that wraps around and anchors the tooth or an implant.