Gum Grafting & Root Coverage

Gum Graft Surgery in Los Angeles

Do you have uneven or receding gums? Have your gums left you feeling self-conscious, forcing you to smile with your mouth closed or avoid smiling altogether?

Things like age, trauma and periodontal disease can leave you with uneven gums. When your gums are receding, exposing the tooth roots, and leaving you with an unhealthy, unattractive smile, it’s time to consider gum graft surgery.

Dr. Alex Farnoosh specializes in gum graft surgery at The Total Smile in Beverly Hills. With his innovative approach and advanced techniques, he can realign your gums and restore the beauty of your smile.

Learn more about gum graft surgery and what causes receding gums below.

What Causes Uneven or Receding Gums?

If you’ve looked in the mirror and noticed your smile isn’t as pleasing as it once was, it could be that you have a receding or uneven gum line.

Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, are unsightly dental problems.

So what causes this to happen? There are numerous factors that can cause your gum line to recede, including the following:

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease refers to an infection of the gums. Usually starting as gingivitis, periodontal disease can quickly wreak havoc on your gums. Once healthy gums will show signs of distress with bleeding and recession.

Over time, gingival recession can become so bad that the tooth root becomes exposed.


Oftentimes, receding or uneven gum lines are simply the result of aging. As you age, your gum tissue becomes overly thin and delicate, causing the gum line to naturally retreat back. This causes the teeth to appear longer and the tooth root to be exposed.


Trauma to the teeth or gums can cause the gum line to recede or become uneven, sometimes revealing the tooth root and causing bleeding.

Birth Defects

Sometimes, an individual is born with rare oral birth defects that cause a receded or uneven gum line. This may be from overly thin gum tissue, very delicate gum tissue, or an abnormally high gumline.

The Total Smile Gum Graft Surgery

Whatever the cause of your receding or uneven gums maybe, your smile can be restored to its original beauty with gum graft surgery at The Total Smile.

Dr. Farnoosh is an industry expert who specializes in gum graft surgery, helping patients from all over the world regain their confidence with a brand-new smile.

Why Is It Important to Resolve a Receding Gum Line?

Many patients seek gum graft surgery because they find receding gums unattractive and they want to restore the confidence they once had in their smile.

While receding gums are considered to be unsightly, they are also a health hazard. This is why it is so important to have them treated sooner rather than later.

Left untreated, gingival recession can lead to the following oral health issues:

  • Bone deterioration
  • Tooth loss
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth root exposure and sensitivity

To avoid further progression of gum recession or tooth root exposure, gum graft surgery should be sought as soon as possible.

What Is Gum Graft Surgery?

Gum graft surgery is a dental procedure that works to restore the gum line, improving the health and appearance of your smile. It involves placing new gum tissue or material where natural gum tissue has receded, covering the exposed tooth root, and restoring your healthy smile.

Read on to find out more about gum graft surgery!

The Procedure

Gum graft surgery is a dental procedure performed with local anesthesia to numb the gums. Some patients require varying levels of sedation to remain calm and still throughout the duration of the procedure.

While gum graft surgery may sound scary, it’s actually a relatively simple procedure that most patients don’t even feel. Dr. Farnoosh is a certified provider of what’s called the “Pinhole Grafting Technique.” The Pinhole Grafting Technique doesn’t involve a scalpel and no sutures are required.

In traditional gum graft surgery, a periodontist would transplant gum tissue from the patient’s own palette to shore up the receding areas of the gum line.

With Dr. Farnoosh’s technique, a naturally derived material called AlloDerm is used to fill the receded gum line. Dr. Farnoosh has been using this technique for more than 10 years and has had endless patient success stories!

The Health Benefits of Gum Graft Surgery

For many patients, gum graft surgery restores their self-confidence by improving the appearance of their smiles.

With that being said, gum graft surgery actually provides a number of dental health benefits, like the ones below:

  • Covers exposed tooth root
  • Helps to reduce further recession
  • Reduces the risk of root sensitivity
  • Eliminates gum pain and bleeding
  • Develops gum tissue where it once was absent
  • Helps to reduce bone loss

After gum graft surgery, patients report overall better oral health with no more pain or bleeding in their gums. Many patients also report a huge reduction in tooth root sensitivity.

Gum Graft Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Many patients have questions before committing to gum graft surgery. Dr. Farnoosh can address any questions or concerns you may have beforehand, but these are some of the most common questions you may have:

Is Gum Graft Surgery Expensive?

Gum graft surgery costs anywhere between $1,200 to $5,000, depending on the city in which the procedure is performed and the extent of the patient’s specific needs.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

The average gum grafting surgery takes about an hour and a half. It may take longer in some cases, depending on the patient’s unique needs.

How Long Is the Recovery from Gum Graft Surgery?

Healing time can vary from patient to patient, but is typically somewhere between four to six weeks. Your recovery time will depend largely on the significance of your gum recession before the procedure.

What Is Aftercare Like?

Taking proper care of your mouth after the procedure is crucial for your healing. It is important to keep up with your regular oral hygiene routine. Dr. Farnoosh can advise you on the best oral hygiene products to use after gum graft surgery.

Gum Graft Surgery with Dr. Farnoosh at The Total Smile

If you are interested in gum graft surgery in the Beverly Hills area, look no further than Dr. Farnoosh at The Total Smile.

Dr. Farnoosh is an expert periodontist who specializes in gum graft surgery. His advanced technique doesn’t require a scalpel or sutures and does not harvest gum tissue from the patient’s palate. This results in minimal pain and remarkable results!

Dr. Farnoosh is board-certified by The American Board of Periodontology. He has over 30 years of experience in the industry. His work is so renowned that patients travel from all over the world to have him perform their gum graft surgery.

He is regarded as one of the leading cosmetic dentists throughout the Los Angeles area because of the great experiences his patients have with his work. His work has even been featured in the International Journal of Periodontics.

Here at The Total Smile, we also provide other procedures, like dental implants and gum bleaching, to meet all of your smile needs.

To improve your dental health and restore your confident smile, contact us to request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Alex Farnoosh today.

Receding gums can jeopardize your oral health, dental comfort, and your appearance. When left untreated, periodontal disease and bone loss conspire to weaken the foundation of your smile. Also, the exposed tooth roots are very sensitive to hot and cold foods, are prone to developing cavities, and just don’t appear healthy.

Cosmetic gum surgery such as gum grafting (or root coverage) can be performed to restore the health and attractiveness of your gum line. The procedure is often performed on gums above the front teeth. Referred to as the “aesthetic zone,” dental work in this area requires a delicate touch and finely-honed surgical technique.

Dr. Alex Farnoosh

It’s no wonder so many men and women from throughout the world choose Dr. Farnoosh to perform their cosmetic gum surgery. They know that they can trust his decades of experience. Learn how you can benefit from the latest innovations in receding gums treatment: schedule an appointment with Dr. Alex A. Farnoosh, a Beverly Hills periodontist. Or, call (310) 928-1796 to set up a consultation.

To help make your procedure affordable, Dr. Farnoosh offers several convenient financing options through leading healthcare credit companies.

Expert in Gummy Smile & Dark Gum Correction

  • Clinical Professor of USC / School of Dentistry
  • Certified by the American Board of Periodontology
  • An international authority on cosmetic dentistry
  • Invented minimally invasive gummy smile correction techniques
  • Pioneered patented gum lightening treatment
  • Authored 40+ works in medical journals
  • Trains dentists in gum bleaching and gummy smile treatments
  • Transformed smiles of thousands of patients around the world

Candidates for Gum Grafting in Los Angeles

Gum,Recession:,Soft,Tissue,Graft,Surgery.,3d,Illustration,Of,Dental - Gum Grafting & Root CoverageI use gum tissue grafts to replace gum tissue that has receded from the teeth, exposing a significant amount of tooth root. Patients experience gum recession for a variety of reasons. These include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Bone loss
  • Developmental conditions
  • Insufficient gum tissue due to tooth position, size, or shape
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Expansion of the jaw or movement of the teeth with orthodontia (such as braces)
  • Heavy bite force.

Individuals who can benefit from cosmetic gum surgery are those who may be bothered by the appearance of their receded gum line, especially if they have a high lip line. They may also be experiencing pain or sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages because of the exposed tooth roots.

Gum Grafting Benefits

My cosmetic gum surgery patients enjoy being able to smile with confidence again. Some benefits:

  • Gum grafting allows me to plump and augment gum tissue in any area where the gum has receded away from the tooth, providing a more attractive smile.
  • With gum grafting, I am able to halt gum recession and bone loss, preventing further dental problems by protecting exposed roots from decay.
  • If only one area of your gum line has receded, gum grafting can make the gums appear more symmetrical and appealing.
  • After gum grafting, most patients experience reduced tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, giving them more freedom to eat the foods they enjoy most.

Gum Grafting Before & After Photos

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Before – A patient with an exposed root. After – 4 weeks after gum grafting surgery.


The Procedure from a Beverly Hills Periodontist

Recent surgical innovations have made this procedure safer and more effective than ever before. For instance, in addition to donor tissue removed from the roof of the patient’s mouth, I can also use AlloDerm®, a human tissue derivative manufactured under standards of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.

AlloDerm promotes tissue regeneration by teaming up with your body’s own regenerative process. This material is as safe to use as your own tissue – no disease transmission has been reported and less surgery is required. During your cosmetic gum surgery, I first administer a local anesthetic.

If the patient’s own tissue is being used, I carefully remove a small amount from the roof of the mouth. I then use an advanced technique to place the donor tissue or AlloDerm at the site of the gum recession. I call this a “tunnel” technique and I do just that, sliding the tissue graft inside a tunnel created by the patient’s own tissue.

I then secure it using either an adhesive or stitches. The procedure can be performed for one tooth or several teeth.

Gum Grafting Risks and Recovery

Gum grafting procedures have little risk – the procedure is usually very successful and healing times are relatively short.

You will need to take extra care of the surgical area for several days until the grafted gum tissue has begun to heal. After the recovery is complete, you will have a healthier-looking smile and gain the freedom to speak and eat more comfortably.

There is some possibility of post-surgical complications, but I am able to minimize these with my special “tunnel” technique. These complications include a visible scar line, mismatched color (causing a “patchy” appearance), insufficient gum coverage, or a bulky appearance.

Your treatment results may vary depending on the complexity of your case.

5-Star-Review---The Total Smile - Dr. Alex Farnoosh - Los Angeles Gummy Smile

Seriously best Dentist I’ve ever been to. Dr. Farnoosh really cares about what he is doing and isn’t trying to scam you for extra money. He wants the job done right and is looking for your best interest. I would recommend him to anyone/everyone. He’s enjoyable to be around and goes through everything with ease and no pain. I will be going to him for the rest of my life! That’s for sure! I thank him for the great smile I have today. – Kevin O.