I Had a Gum Graft

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 253 People

    I am currently 9 days post-op from having the

    entire top of my mouth grafted. All in all, so far so good..but I do have some recent concerns. Here is my story.... The morning of the surgery I was prescribed Halcion to calm me down. This is a drug that makes you calm and almost in a drunken state. 30 minutes after taking...
    RachelA8 RachelA8
    31-35, F
    Mar 8, 2014

    I Wish I Only Had a Gum Graft

    ok heres my story my uncle (who is my dentist) told me that I needed to go to a surgen because my gums were receding due to a genetic problem that our family has where the connection to our tounge (freenum) and lip  is connected to the top of the gum line and not near the...
    heathermac heathermac
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 21, 2007

    I Had 'simple' Cosmetic Gum Augmentation (bovine Material, No Donor Palate )

    I have had a different procedure from a lot of people here, in that I did not donate my own graft.   My palate was left alone, and I simply had a long cut made in my gum and a piece of bovine material placed to pad out the gum. It is still classed as a gum graft. I lost my right...
    DC1962 DC1962
    Feb 16, 2012

    Not That Bad - Including Update and Question

    After reading this board the day before my gum grafting I was terrified! Luckily, so far things are going well. The procedure (done only with novocaine) wasn't fun, but I didn't feel any pain. It was over in about 20 minutes. The doctor gave me 800 mg of advil right away and so...
    scorpiogirl scorpiogirl
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Apr 7, 2007

    Not So Bad!

    Hi there! I went into my gum-graft surgury VERY afraid of the pain. I had to graft gums above two teeth and the donor tissue came from the roof of my mouth like allot of people here. Was very scared of the "gross-out" factor having them cutting open the roof of...
    deerly deerly
    1 Response Jun 12, 2009

    My Gum Graft Story

    So I will start by saying even with being a nurse, I had no idea what to expect. The worst part about the actual procedure were the needles to numb my mouth. After that, I literally did not feel one thing. I was completely awake through the procedure, no pills, no sedation, no...
    Tayva3 Tayva3
    1 Response Mar 21, 2013

    Major Gum Graft Surgery--No Problem!

    I found out I had to have a gum graft done a couple of months ago and I was absolutely TERRIFIED. This is coming from someone who has had four previous oral surgeries and had a gallbladder removed. Not only had my mother had this surgery ten years ago and said it was more painful...
    sarah517 sarah517
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jul 30, 2012

    I Had A Gum Graft :/

    I had my graft done at 10:30 this morning. I was one of those lucky people who got braces and they not only moved my teeth and gave me a better smile but they also somehow moved some of my gum tissue. We had been talking to the periodontist for about a year now, maybe longer. I...
    DreamOfParadise DreamOfParadise
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 2, 2012

    Yea! I Did It!

    Had my gum graft yesterday! I had been putting it off..such a chicken! The doctor and his staff could not have been nicer! I had three or four (I'm really not sure) front teeth done. He used the donor tissue (cadaver). I tell you....there was no pain at all. I had a bit of a...
    cynthia49 cynthia49
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jun 15, 2007

    Graft Surgery Experience

    THREE DAYS BEFORE - 05/21/08 I am now three days away from having four grafts performed on my lower front teeth.  I have recession caused by over crowding in my lower arch...and a little too much aggressive brushing during orthodontics.  The plan is to harvest tissue...
    doubleeagle doubleeagle
    6 Responses May 21, 2008

    I Hate Suprises

    This is day 9.  I'm still in pain and can hardly eat or drink.  I had the graft taken from the roof of my mouth and applied to my front lower tooth.  I was told it was no big deal and would feel like a pizza burn for a couple days.  I was fully awake for the...
    WendyJohn WendyJohn
    4 Responses Jul 3, 2008

    My Gum Grafts....One Horrible, And One A Breeze.

    My first gum graft was done two years ago. Two teeth on the lower left side had receded due to vigorous brushing on my part. The donor site was the roof of my mouth---same side. The pain centered around the roof of my mouth for a good week, and I had "bleeds" that would last for...
    Whatsitmatter Whatsitmatter
    Feb 22, 2013

    Gum Graft No Problem

    I had a gum graft (on 6 teeth) a week ago, here's my story. Backstory - I've had recession for years (fairly severe on 1 tooth, moderate on 5 others).  My dentist would measure the recession at every cleaning and it never increased, so although he always recommended I see a...
    sbk sbk
    34 Responses Jun 26, 2008

    Had a gum graft yesterday,

    agony!!!!! I've had several oral surgeries and this by far is the worse. Pain is unbelievable
    Puppykissezzz Puppykissezzz
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 2, 2016


    HORROR STORIES ON THE INTERNET. I was very nervous and scared when told by my dentist that I needed a gum graft. I chose to have it done by a periodontist, with Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas). Not that I don't trust my dentist, I just prefer a specialist for "special" procedures...
    46-50, F
    1 Response Dec 9, 2013

    Recent Gum Graft Done Better Than The One 25 Years Ago

    I had three lower front teeth grafted about 4 days ago and the experience was so much easier than when I had two uppers done in the mid-80's. They were pretty much done the same way, but this time there was the "retainer-like" cover for the palate afterwards. That really helps...
    Goofyhead Goofyhead
    51-55, F
    Jul 30, 2012

    Gum Grafting 101 - the Easy Solution

    All my life I have had teeth problems.  I have a small mouth with an under - developed lower jaw causing me to have a 6.0 mm overjet (overbite).  It's a lot, but visually my face is fine.  When I was a teenager I had braces, then over the years, my teeth began to...
    Cowtown Cowtown
    May 7, 2008

    The Procedure from Hell

    Years ago-- in the last of my teenage years, I bit into a seemingly innocuous kernel of popcorn. It was popped and everything. Delicious as it was, it had a nefarious mission to complete-- sending me on a mission to the most tortuous dental procedure of my life. If you recall...
    VAGreg VAGreg
    18-21, M
    169 Responses Mar 28, 2006

    Practical Advice

    A lot of stories here with little advice, I thought I would offer my two cents. The Doctor One of the teaching doctors at NYU's dental school.  (So I figure, he has to be good) The Site My two bottom right teeth.  I figure, I will try this out where they...
    cutmymouth cutmymouth
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Dec 28, 2007

    Lucky Me

    Hey All, I had a gum graft this past Tuesday afternoon.  After reading several of your stories, I feel REALLY lucky.  First of all, I found a great periodontist.  I had a piece of tissue cut from the roof of my mouth and placed on the lower right side.  I...
    Mcclusky Mcclusky
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Jul 6, 2007

    My First Gum Graft Experience - The Good And The Bad

    I was told that my top right canine tooth needed a gum graft because there wasn't a lot holding it up there; a few years ago I had surgery to bring it down with a chain connected to my braces. Hearing that I needed a gum graft, and already having had a surgery done on this tooth...
    avowels avowels
    22-25, F
    Aug 22, 2013

    My Gum Graft Story

    Alright so let me start with a introduction. My name is kaitlyn and i am 21 years old.. guess thats all you really need to know lol.Oh and my spellings not the greatest so bare with me if theres some spelling mistakes. Okay so i just got my braces off a few weeks ago after a year...
    kaitlyn1919 kaitlyn1919
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 3, 2012

    Hard 2 Weeks

    On Jun 28 at 8:30 am, I arrived at the dentist office for the grafting of my lower left side.  I had met this dentist in December and had delayed my surgery until May because I am an accountant and needed to get through tax season.  When May came, I postponed because of...
    tlmatt tlmatt
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Jul 8, 2007

    2 Days Post Surgery!

    Hello hello. I, too, underwent gum graft surgery of my bottom left-ish front teeth. They originally began to recede when I was about 14. Now 29, orthodontia caused them to sink dangerously low in the front bottom 6 teeth--hence the need for the surgery :(. The most...
    c0uryr c0uryr
    2 Responses Aug 2, 2012

    Two and a Half Days Ago

    I had my graft Friday morning and it's now Sunday afternoon.  I took Lorazepam before to relax me.  That was my only prescription med.  The procedure itself wasn't painful at all.  I guess she did a good job with the novocaine.  I had two areas done...
    Nessy Nessy
    41-45, F
    1 Response Mar 25, 2007

    No Big Deal!

    OMG!!!! I had a gum graft Friday afternoon and was terrified. Read about it online which was my downfall. I had local anthesia only so I was awake and alert for the entire procedure. (which took about 40 min) Afterwards I drove myself home which was an hour drive, stopped...
    cjand3 cjand3
    2 Responses Sep 19, 2010

    6th Day Post Gum Grafti

    Hi, I had my gum graft 6 days ago on the bottom center tooth it wasnt  as bad as I thought but now the putty was loose so I took it off to see the result and it looks like the root is still showing and I'm very freaked out! it looks like the gum tissue graft slipped down or...
    trendieone trendieone
    46-50, F
    1 Response Mar 23, 2009

    Getting 2 More Teeth Done

    Last month I had a gum graft done on my front bottom tooth, and I later found out that there are 2 ways to do a gum graft. I recently went in again and got 2 more bottom teeth done on the right side, and this time it was actually easier! And the reason is because this time the dr...
    msgums msgums
    31-35, F
    Jan 21, 2007

    I had a gum graft on

    both lower sides of my mouth. I had read up on all experiences and was ready for the worst. Then came the surgery, it was not that bad and the five next days, though swollen and uncomfortable, I was just fine with heavy pain killers. Then on the fifth day, all hell broke loose...
    Ihadgumgraft Ihadgumgraft
    26-30, M
    Mar 24, 2015

    Gum Grft: Know This Before You Go...

      NIGHT BEFORE: After months of reading way too much about this procedure, reading posts on this site, watching videos of the procedure being performed, it's now the night before and I am wondering what my fate will be. A friend had gum grafting a couple months ago (all the...
    2 Responses Dec 12, 2008

    No Big Deal

    The day before my gum graft, I searched the internet to get a better understanding of the procedure - huge mistake! I read far too many horror stories... This is what happened to me: The morning of my procedure, my parents came over and took me to the dentist. One hour before the...
    Catyc Catyc
    Sep 27, 2012

    Gum Graft, May 2013

    I was searching for more personal information before a recent gum graft, but found a lot of it outdated, so hope this helps. Note: I am single and childless, so this was much easier planning-wise. (Sorry for length, but wanted to answer questions I couldn't find on the web, as...
    singleinsc78 singleinsc78
    36-40, F
    2 Responses May 16, 2013

    Unexpected Side Effects

    File under: "Not funny at the time, but we laugh about it now" My actual gum graft went really well, but my face got pretty swollen as a result.  No big deal, except the next morning, I stumbled into the bathroom, looked into the mirror, and to my horror...
    ruqiaraqs ruqiaraqs
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jun 30, 2008

    Free Tissue Gum Graf On Tooth 25. Not Bad!!!!!!!!

    Went yesterday ay 915 was out by 1045. I was nervous but he doctor and the nurse were great. Answered any and all questions. First put numbing gel on roof of mouth then three shots of Novacain same for bottom right area. The procedure it self was painless. Listen to music and...
    Dangirls3 Dangirls3
    46-50, F
    Aug 18, 2012

    Having A Gum Graft + Already Prone To Slight Hypochondriac Tendencies = Stalking The Internet For Answers

    So here I am on day 9 of my recovery from my gum graft and I am still stalking the internet for answers. My questions have ranged from "Is my gum graft failing" to "Why is my uvula touching my tongue". Can anyone else relate to this? Here is my gum graft story...enjoy! It all...
    swissmiss7 swissmiss7
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Jun 29, 2013

    Don't Be Scared of a Subepithelial Connective Tissue Graft

    I had a gum graft yesterday afternoon. It was nothing. I'm in no pain. I was pretty scared from reading some of the experiences here, but I'm happy to say it went very well. I have two areas that need a gum graft. One above a tooth in the upper left side of my mouth and the...
    monkmiles monkmiles
    31-35, M
    8 Responses Mar 29, 2008

    Gum Graft A-okay!

    I've read a lot of horror stories floating around the internet about people who have had gum graft surgeries, so I'd like to share my experience, too. My first key advice is that you should not start freaking out about this procedure. For me, it was not as bad as what I had read...
    KitCat92 KitCat92
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 1, 2012

    Day Five For Me and So Much Pain!

    When will the pain stop?  I tried to go to work today but only made it half way because of the pain. I had a gingival graft.  Flesh was removed from the right side of my pallet and grafted in as connective tissue to the fronts of four bottom, front teeth.  My...
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Jul 2, 2007

    I was referred on to a periodontist by my

    orthodontist, who thought I might need gum grafting done before my braces go on. Well, he was right - the periodontist grafted my 8 lower front teeth 11 days ago. I have had my first post-op, and waiting to go back this week for the second post-op and hopefully removal of the...
    ClioX ClioX
    36-40, F
    Sep 5, 2015

    My Graft Experience

    A few months ago, my dentist referred me to a periodontist due to gum recession around a few of my teeth (probably due to aggressive brushing when I was younger). The perio recommended a gum graft. I first read through the stories here a few days after I had the graft and was...
    greg198311 greg198311
    3 Responses Jul 16, 2011

    Gum Graft: NOT Bad

    I felt compelled to write my positive experience about this surgery, since I came to this board before I had it done and read so many negative stories. I had my surgery done 8 days ago on 4/2. The procedure was painless. I know some people are saying that the Novocain shots hurt...
    happyteeth happyteeth
    Apr 10, 2013

    Not Too Awful

    My experience was very similar to Parallel's and nothing like PoorVA's. I asked around and received a referral to a good, experienced periodontist.  I did not medicate prior to the proceedure and it was almost painless.  If was so painless, in fact, that I went...
    mprecopio mprecopio
    46-50, M
    1 Response Aug 28, 2006

    The Worse Experience of My Life

    2008-09-27: Gum (Gingival) Grafts--Just say, "No!" I recently went to my dentist to get a damaged bridge replaced.  She suggested that she could improve the fit and appearance of one of the prosthetics if I got some gum reconstruction or a gingival graft.  A...
    raichle raichle
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Sep 28, 2008

    Free Tissue Gum Graf On Tooth 25. Not Bad!!!!!!!!

    Went yesterday ay 915 was out by 1045. I was nervous but he doctor and the nurse were great. Answered any and all questions. First put numbing gel on roof of mouth then three shots of Novacain same for bottom right area. The procedure it self was painless. Listen to music and...
    Dangirls3 Dangirls3
    46-50, F
    1 Response Aug 18, 2012

    First day of surgery.

    Surgery only took 15 minutes. In and out. Minimum pain. After numbing wore off I thought I would shoot myself. Took some painkillers, feeling better. We'll see how it goes from here.
    dev10251 dev10251
    22-25, M
    1 Response Apr 7, 2014

    Detailing the Experience

    Hi all, I figured that I'd add to the group of stories here.  Just to clarify, I am not a dentist, nor do I love the profession.  I'm never thrilled about going, of course, but I'm trying to post an unbiased account. Pre-operation: I was told that I had a lot of...
    jamesjones jamesjones
    1 Response Oct 15, 2008

    FIRST Time...... and Last Time

    HERE IS MY STORY: I was not prepared for this.  I am writing about my experience because I think that many of us were just not given the full picture of how difficult this procedure can be. It has been very difficult for me. For those of you who have written...
    MaryJo MaryJo
    61-65, F
    1 Response Jun 30, 2007

    Don'T Worry If You Need Gum Grafting With Frenectomy

    I have receding gums on my two lower front teeth. My periodontist suggested that I have a gum graft and a frenectomy done, or I may lose my teeth. I have bone loss too, which is not good. I decided to go through with this procedure to save my teeth. I was so nervous for weeks...
    monandmike monandmike
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Jun 8, 2013

    I had noticed a little pain on my lower gum one

    day when I woke up and I looked in the mirror to notice that my gum was a little recessed and red so I called my dentist for a cleaning. I went to the dentist and I brought up my concern and they decided it was probably my lower frenum that was pulling on my gums so I scheduled...
    nhunt2358 nhunt2358
    22-25, F
    Aug 14, 2014

    I had a gum graft done 10 days ago on one of my

    front teeth (#31), which had severe recession. The periodontists who did it appeared to have all the credentials, but was rather unprofessional. This was at an office in downtown Toronto and cost me $1477, which I am now starting to believe was not a fair price. She told me that...
    christinepear christinepear
    22-25, F
    3 Responses May 1, 2014

    Gum Surgery

    I have had two gum surgeries due to periodontitis where the dentist grafted tissue from the roof of my mouth to replace the mess up gum tissues that no long had the elasticity to hold my teeth in place. Those were two of the most horrible surgeries I had to get done. This...
    QtieBaby QtieBaby
    26-30, F
    Aug 18, 2013

    Not Bad So Far..

    I had a gum graft + frenectomy this morning. It was not bad at all! I am surprised that so far, I still feel no pain. The procedure was very easy. They gave me some kind of drug to calm me down when I got there half an hour early, which was helpful but I was still completely...
    tisha44 tisha44
    Jan 23, 2013

    I Am 6 Days Post-op

    I had gum tissue transplant surgery 6 days ago and I am doing fine.  This is my third experience, and has been the least troublesome.   New periodontist this time.  I took 1 pain pill when I got home, and never needed another.   I have no...
    happyheart happyheart
    61-65, F
    4 Responses Oct 4, 2006

    7 Gum Grafts . . . . Not Too Bad

    This website was so helpful to me as I prepared for my surgery and I wanted to contribute my own story in case it might help anyone else. I have noticed for a few years now that one of my bottom front teeth was losing its gum. I kept putting off going to get it checked out...
    Leberius Leberius
    Oct 10, 2013

    It's Not As Bad As That Now!

    Poor VAGreg must have had his graft done a long time ago. I just had one done a few days ago and it was nothing like that - the procedure was entirely pain-free (except when the periodontist leaned on my hair . . . ) and the aftermath, while somewhat painful, hasn't exactly been...
    Parallel Parallel
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Aug 15, 2006

    I'd Rather Pull My Eyeballs Out With a Pitchfork....

    ...than do this again.  I had a gum graft five days ago. The surgery was very bad but to be fair, I'm terrified of anything dental. Illogical, but true.  As of today I have lost 7 pounds. I can't eat. I can't sleep. I can't concentrate at work. All I can think of is how...
    zzjs5t zzjs5t
    41-45, F
    1 Response Aug 29, 2007


    Hi all, Just joined this group to vent, I suppose. I had two gum grafts (front, top and bottom teeth) about a week ago. The surgery was fine, pretty much as I expected. I hate that I have to be awake for these things as it seems many do not--it's always slightly scary. Anyway...
    lac30 lac30
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Mar 25, 2013

    Two And Half Weeks Later And Still Recovering

    I had no idea it was going to be this bad. No idea... I feel like an idiot now because I was soooo clueless about this procedure. In my defense, my dentist never forewarned me either! So, here goes... Two and half weeks ago, I had a gum graft and an implant...
    Cricket Cricket
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Dec 4, 2006

    Connective Tissue Gum Graft- Not As Terrible As It Sounds

    I had my connective tissue gum graft done of my lower #25 tooth exactly two weeks ago and am sharing my story to proudly reveal after my post op appointment today, the graft took! Two weeks ago today, days before the surgery i came down with a terrible cold, my throat and head...
    gumgirl06 gumgirl06
    Aug 9, 2012
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