Gum Grafting Procedure

Gum Grafting Procedure


There is no special preparation for the grafting procedure. A good night’s rest always helps. Eat a light nutritious meal, something that settles easily on the stomach) prior to the procedure (this is the case with both local anesthetic and IV sedation).

Consider having the day of the surgery and the day after without the cares of the world on your back (time off).

If IV Sedation is to be used, you need someone to drive you home and take care of you for 24 hours.


Depending on how many teeth are to be treated the procedure takes from 1-2 hours (the amount of time was indicated to you at the initial consultation visit).

Once the anesthetic is administered (either local or IV sedation), you will not feel any discomfort.


Our skilled staff will review with you, in depth, how to take care of the surgical area, proper use of medications, and answer any and all of your questions. If you would like, you can also view an online version of the post-op instructions.


We need to see you in one to two weeks for suture removal and an evaluation of the healing. Our office will help you with this.


We know how important this is in proper healing!

More About Gum Recession and Gum Grafting

Many people tend to panic when they are referred to Dr. Bailey by their general practitioner for gum grafting. They hear the word graft and think of major surgeries and pain. However, gum grafts are not nearly as bad as people tend to think and the consequences of avoiding a gum graft or other gum repair procedure are much worse than the procedures.  Gum recession is more than simply a cosmetic issue. Gum recession usually reveals portions of your teeth or or roots that are not meant to be exposed.  Obviously, this can lead to tooth decay and problems. Even worse, gum recession, when left untreated by gum graft or other procedure, can actually lead to extensive bone damage. Gum recession tends to be a very gradual issue that comes from advanced stages of gum disease. As many as 1 in 10 adults in the US can have gum recession at any given time. When you have gum recession it is important not to ignore it (though it can be hard to ignore the pain!) Gum grafting patients report that healing comes quickly after the procedure. Additionally, Dr. Bailey has been certified to perform the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. He is one of only a few specialists in Utah approved to perform the Pinhole surgery. The Pinhole surgery is an alternative to traditional gum grafting to treat gum recession. Traditional gum graft is fairly noninvasive. The Pinhole surgery is even more gentle and noninvasive. You can also read more about pinhole surgery on our website and contact us today to see if you are a candidate for the Pinhole process!