Periodontal Plastic Surgery (Gum Grafts)

Periodontal plastic surgery can successfully deal with problems such as excessive recession around teeth that cause aesthetic and sensitivity problems.

Gum tissue can change or even shrink. There are many reasons for this, including receding gums (from gingivitis or periodontal disease), and loss of one or more teeth (which causes tooth-less gum tissue to shrink).

Soft tissue grafts are small pieces of tissue taken from other areas such as the palate and surgically implanted in the affected area. Grafts can correct those dental deformities and other problems such as severe gum disease, as well as cover exposed roots, stop bone loss, the recession of gums, and even reduce pain-causing root sensitivity. Practically the use of soft tissue grafts can increase the zone of keratinised tissue and cover exposed roots. They can also be used for ridge augmentation and papilla regeneration around implants.

The use of microsurgical techniques (dental microscopes, magnifying loupes and microblades) has greatly enhanced the predictability and success rate whilst also minimising post-operative discomfort.

Replacing lost gum tissue can restore the natural contour of your smile. Gum tissue can be augmented or replaced by a variety of means, including soft tissue grafts and relocating the existing gums in the correct position around the tooth.

A thorough examination of the area and discussion with the patient regarding their expectation and needs are of out most importance for this cosmetic procedure.

If you have not seen a dentist for some time, and you think you may have gum disease, book an appointment to see your Eustace Dental & Implant Clinic dentist in Sevenoaks, straight away on 01732 452233.

Meet our dentist


Ben Palin

Ben is a patient focused dentist who enjoys providing high quality evidence-based dentistry. He strives to combine both aesthetics and function to provide the best possible treatment. Throughout his career he embraced further training and education in order to develop professionally and improve his knowledge and skills for the benefit of his patients.

In the past 6 years he developed and nurtured an interest in periodontology. This started with attending lectures and study clubs and has progressed. He is now in the final year of study of a MClinDent in Clinical Periodontology. He utilises this knowledge and skills by delivering periodontal treatment to the more complex cases within the practices on a daily basis.

Ben joined the Army upon graduation and held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He left the Army in 2019 and is enjoying working in a civilian practice.

Ben's aspiration is to complete the MClinDent and work both as a periodontist and general dentist whilst working towards acceptance on the Specialist list.

He is strong believer in lifelong learning and enjoys learning new and developing existing skills.

Ben attains CPD by reading journals, attending BDA section meetings, organising study days, attending peer reviews and clinical “hands on” meetings and attending the MClinDent modules.

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