• Salinas, CA - 1112 Pajaro St. 93901
  • Carmel, CA - 26485 Carmel Rancho Blvd. Ste. #1 93923
  • (831) 424-2214 | Salinas, CA - 1112 Pajaro St.
  • 831-626-5900 | Carmel, CA - 26485 Carmel Rancho Blvd. Ste. #1

Gum Grafting

Your Place for Gum Grafts in Salinas

Whether your gums have receded or the surface of your tooth roots is exposed, gum grafting may be the perfect solution for you. At Monterey Coast Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our oral surgery team pairs years of experience with time-tested processes to offer you a wide range of gum grafting services. From traditional gingival gum grafting to the minimally invasive Pinhole® surgical technique, our practice is here to meet your unique needs.

No matter what service you need, you can expect to be treated with the compassion and respect you deserve. We look forward to meeting you and helping your smile look and feel its best. Call us today to schedule your consultation appointment and find out which of our Salinas gum grafting services is right for you!

Salinas: (831) 424-2214 Carmel: (831) 626-5900

What Is a Gum Graft?

When you have healthy teeth, your gums partially cover them to help secure your teeth in place and prevent bacteria from reaching your tooth's roots. However, if you've experienced gum recession or gum thinning because of factors like periodontal disease, your chances of developing tooth decay and losing teeth altogether increase.

Gum grafting is an oral surgical procedure that replaces the lost or thinning tissue around your teeth and helps improve your overall oral health. Our practice is proud to offer various gum grafting techniques to meet your unique needs and fit your comfort level. If you're on the fence about whether gum grafting is right for you, there are numerous issues it can address.

3 Reasons You May Need Gum Grafting

During your consultation appointment, our oral surgeons will sit down with you to determine if gum grafting is right for you. It's important to remember that not everybody gets gum grafts for the same reason, and the procedure can be adapted to meet your needs. Some of the reasons you may need our Salinas gum grafting services to include:

  1. Gum Disease: Whether you've only experienced gingivitis or you're dealing with the effects of gum disease, gum grafting can be the perfect solution for you. Not only can our practice address periodontal disease, but we can help prevent it from occurring in the first place.
  2. Receding Gums: Gum recession can be a slow process that can prove challenging to notice until the effects are obvious. However, gum grafting can help restore your gum tissue and prevent tooth loss and other potential effects.
  3. Aesthetics: Although gum grafting is ideal for addressing health-related issues, it can serve as a cosmetic procedure if you're unhappy with the appearance of your smile. A gum graft can help your teeth look more uniform and aesthetically pleasing.

Our Gum Grafting Services

When you visit our practice for the first time, we'll begin by conducting an extensive oral exam. Using technology like x-rays, we'll look at the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Using our diagnostic information, we'll determine which of our Salinas gum grafting services is right for you. From traditional gum grafting to minimally invasive procedures, our offerings include, but are not limited to:

Pinhole Surgical Technique: Pinhole surgery is a minimally invasive and simple way to restore your gumline. Using specialized instruments, our team will make a small hole in your gums and loosen the area to expand and slide over your exposed tooth root. There's no stitching required which lessens bleeding and improves recovery time.

Connective Tissue Grafting: Connective tissue gum grafting is a technique where grafted tissue is placed underneath your existing gums. This form of gum grafting helps cover dark-colored tooth roots and provides excellent root coverage. Typically, the tissue used for grafting is taken from the roof of your mouth.

Pedicle Grafting: Pedicle gum grafting is like traditional gum grafting. However, the crucial difference is that with pedicle grafting, we'll take tissue from around or near the tooth needing repair instead of from your palate. This procedure is called pedicle grafting because the flap of gum or the pedicle is only partially cut away so that most of the tissue remains. From there, we'll pull the tissue to cover your tooth's root and stitch it into place.

AlloDerm SELECT™ Regenerative Tissue Matrix: If you're looking for an alternative option to traditional gum grafting, AlloDerm SELECT may be right for you. Instead of using your natural tissue to reinforce your gums, this procedure uses an acellular matrix material. AlloDerm SELECT gives your body a foundation to build new blood vessels and natural tissue around the area.

Quality Salinas Gum Grafting for You

At Monterey Coast Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we're passionate about improving your overall health through excellent gum grafting. Our team has the experience and knowledge to offer you a wide range of traditional and minimally invasive treatments. Contact us today to schedule your consultation visit with our Salinas gum grafting team!

Salinas: (831) 424-2214 Carmel: (831) 626-5900


Dr. Wetzel is an absolutely incredible gem of a dental surgeon. In every manner of incredible he and his lovely assistant deserves major props.

I am or was a big chicken of the procedure, but based on a small Asian jaw, awful bite and one horizontally impacted wisdom tooth that was causing bone loss, and another slanted and also impacted I had to do something. Due to difficulty taking time off work I got 7 teeth taken out for braces, bite and health. I was terrified to be honest but the office is beautiful, a great place to drool all over yourself ( more on that later) and the pain is minimal considering 2 impacted wisdom teeth are difficult to manage.

I only remember talking to him and joking with him when all of a sudden my memory lapsed and I woke up feeling no pain and they were almost done. I was in disbelief but I remembered hearing about that. There is super slight soreness now 12 hours post op but it actually is better than the soreness from braces! Isn't that crazy? Lastly as someone who only had dentists aged 55 and older I can tell you don't worry. His youthful appearance belies his ability and incredible expertise. :)

Oh and a Warning! You will drool everywhere and I wish I bought a towel for that. Lol. In any case definitely come see him. The drive is worth his ability and he and his assistant is honest, intelligent, kind and super duper skilled!
Tracy is also super kind and the entire staff is great!

I will trust him not only for my first surgery but every one thereafter!

Miss W.

Great periodontist. Very professional and competent. Prices are reasonable compared to similar services elsewhere. Reception staff and nurses are very kind and takes time to explain everything and address all concerns. I highly recommend this office.

Sara G.

Dr. Wetzel is a real professional as well as a likeable person. You don't always get that in an oral surgeon. LOL. His staff is super friendly and you really feel that the whole office cares about your well being. Also, Dr. Wetzel instills me with confidence. I trust him with any procedure. So far I have had a bone graft, an extraction, and a large gum graft. I am looking toward to two dental implants and another gum graft and bone graft. You can tell he is really focused on the task at hand when he is doing a procedure and he takes surgery to the level of an art. Clearly, he has the experience and skills to improvise when he runs into snafus. I had a question about my pain after my last surgery and called his after-hours emergency number, and he called me back within 2 minutes. You can't ask for more than that. Also, if you have Delta Dental, then Tracy will lay out your whole plan for all of your work and tell you how much is covered by Delta and how much you will have left to pay. No surprises. Plus, Dr. Wetzel's new office is super cool. The design is tres chic;) I wish he did regular dentistry too.

Dr. Felicia D.

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