Minimally Invasive Gum Grafting

When recession of the gingiva (“gum”) occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance to the gum and tooth. Gum recession, when significant, can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.

Of all the procedures at the disposal of the periodontal plastic surgeon, none has more far reaching ramifications than the connective tissue graft. Not only is it more comfortable for the patient and produces a better color match, but also is more predictable in its ability to cover root surfaces. There are many modifications of the initially reported technique. The one that we have refined and now use can be described as the minimally invasive subepithelial tissue graft (MIST) graft. It is appropriately named minimally invasive, because a single incision is made in the palate, and this is sutured closed, and the gum tissues in the areas of recession are only separated from the teeth rather than removed. Because no incisions are made on the outside of the gums, there is no scarring and the color match is excellent, therefore you can often not tell that a procedure was done, except that the root is now covered. This procedure enables us to predictably enhance the cosmetics of our cases by reestablishing the symmetry of the smile and can be used in conjunction with restorative dentistry to create an optimum result.

Case 1

Pre-MIST Post-MIST Pre-MIST-Smile Post-MIST-smile
Before After Before After

CASE 2

Pre-MIST2 Post_MIST2 Pre-MIST-Smile2 Post-MIST-smile2
Before After Before After
 

CASE 3

Pre-MIST3 Post-MIST3
Before After

Konikoff Periodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 233 reviews.

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

It was a pleasure to meet and interact with the staff. EVERY staff member made my visit easy and comfortable.

- schleita b

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I love Chelsea!

- Desiree U

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Pleasant experience. Friendly staff, procedure was relatively painless.

- Catherine A

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Konikoff called me at home on his day off to discuss a concern. I really appreciate that he took the time to get back to me so quickly and address my issue. The entire staff has been wonderful from the first phone call through the procedure and during the recovery.

- Kelly B

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Incredible experience. Comfortable and in the best hands. With great results.

- Maryanna K K

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Excellent service

- Junius W

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Konikoff was great. Very concerned for my comfort during procedure. Thank you Dr. Konikoff.

- David D

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Al ways great

- Carolyn W

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

The service was excellent, the doctor made me feel relaxed and i could tell he had a lot of experience.

- Trina R

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Excellent care from my dental tech

- Stephanie W

4 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Very good experience!

- Sara F

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

The doctor made sure it was painless, and he was very knowledgeable.

- Annie A

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Perfect!

- Julia Stuart P

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Konikoff is an excellent dental surgeon. He explains the overall process very clearly, is friendly and does top notch surgery. Also, his nurses, technicians and front office staff are very competent and friendly. I was extremely pleased with my overall experience.

- Brent N

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. K is lovely, and he sings well too. The staff that assisted him were delightful as well.

- Marty H

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I have been grateful for the kindness and professionalism of the staff and the skill of the hygienist who has treated me over several decades as the group has evolved and relocated.

- Martha T

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Always a pleasure every time I come in. Dr Albert K is very pleasant and always enjoy speaking to him. Will be back to have additional procedures done.

- Harold I

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Very professional

- Steven H

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Staff was wonderful as was the doctor. Appointment was on time.

- Cathy C

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

The visit was great no stress. Dr. Konikoff was great he did every thing he said he would do whiteout no pain. I would highly recommend this dental office to anyone that was looking for these procedures.

- Larry C

5 out of 5 stars on