Gum Grafts

A gum graft protects your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession, and can improve the appearance of your smile.


What Causes Gum Recession?

Gum recession is the process in which the tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls away from a tooth, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root. This can cause damage to supporting bone. Gum recession is a common dental problem; it affects 4% to 12% of adults and often goes unnoticed until it becomes more severe.

With proper oral hygiene at home and regularly scheduled dental visits for cleaning and examination, many patients will never have to deal with gum recession.  However, there are a number of factors that could contribute to this condition, some of them beyond your control, including:


  • Aging/wear and tear
  • Heredity
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Gum thickness (or thinness)
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Overbrushing or improper brushing, or use of hard bristles
  • Overly aggressive flossing
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Inflamed gums
  • Gum disease


Even with a lifetime of proper oral care, you could begin to see gum recession from wear and tear or even simple genetics that you have no control over. Many people don’t even notice that their gums have receded, because it is a gradual process. However, over time, an exposed tooth root can not only look unsightly, but can cause tooth sensitivity, especially when eating cold or hot foods. Eventually, gum recession, if not treated, can cause tooth loss. To repair the damage and prevent further dental problems, a gum tissue graft may be needed.

With effective gum grafts in Murrieta from Dr. Hendry and the professional team at StarWhite Dental, you have the best chance to reverse damage and restore your oral health and an attractive smile.


Dr. Hendry is a Periodontist; a dentist who specializes in gums. Dr. Hendry has completed thousands of gum grafts and is a sought after lecturer and thought leader on the subject. Due to advances in technology and technique, Gum Grafting is now more effective, less invasive and less painful than ever.



Gum Grafting Procedures

Periodontics specialist Dr. Hendry and the talented team at StarWhite Dental are pleased to offer a variety of gum grafting procedures to suit every patient’s needs.  Dr. Hendry will cater a treatment plan that fits each patients needs.  Dr. Hendry takes pride in using the most minimally invasive, painless and effective techniques. Dr. Hendry is sought after for Gum Grafts from patients all over the country, he is also a sought after lecturer and has trained many other Dentists and Periodontists.


– Traditional Gum Grafts

Traditionally, gum grafting procedures include harvesting your own tissue from the roof of the mouth or another portion of the gum line to restore areas of gum recession.  In some cases, donated tissue may be used instead.  Harvested tissue is positioned over exposed tooth roots and then attached to existing gum tissue to create an attractive and complete gum line.  Traditional procedures do require incisions and suturing, and may therefore entail a longer recovery period than less invasive techniques.


– Microsurgical Techniques

This advanced gum grafting technique is similar to traditional methods in that tissue must still be harvested for the gum line restoration, but smaller instruments with illuminated microscopes are used to make smaller incisions and minimize discomfort and recovery time.  In many instances, patients are able to return to normal activities within just a couple of days, and often, over-the-counter pain medication is all that is needed to combat discomfort following the procedure.


– The Pinhole Surgical Technique

After a thorough examination, our dental professionals will determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for the Pinhole Surgical Technique, an advanced gum recession treatment option that requires no scalpels or sutures to complete.  This procedure, pioneered by Dr. Chao, requires only that tiny pinholes puncture the gum tissue so that it can be shifted to cover exposed roots.


Once the tissue has been repositioned, collagen strips or gum grafting material can be added to stabilize the gum line and speed healing.  Because no incisions or sutures are needed, the recovery time for this procedure is minimal, with many patients returning to normal activities within 24 hours.  There is also less discomfort with this fast and effective treatment.


Not everyone is a good candidate for the pinhole procedure, but there is a gum recession treatment for every patient.  After consultation with Dr. Hendry and the expert dental team at StarWhite Dental, you’ll discover the treatment options that best suit your particular needs.


Your Gum Recession Specialist

When you need gum grafting Murrieta, Dr. Hendry and the trained dental professionals at StarWhite Dental offer the most effective treatment options.  Dr. Hendry is not only experienced in performing minimally-invasive gum recession treatments, but he is a renowned expert in the field, delivering lectures and training courses for other dental professionals.


If receding gums are causing you to suffer tooth sensitivity and other oral health issues, and you’ve lost the confidence to smile, it’s time to contact Dr. Hendry and the caring team at StarWhite Dental at 951-698-4426 or online to schedule an appointment and learn more about treatment options.