Gums are the protective, pink tissue that covers the bony structure of our jaws and parts of the roots of our teeth. Healthy gums are thick and have a firm consistency. Thin and infected gums will compromise the structural integrity of the gums, and when the gum line recedes, individuals may experience sensitivity to cold temperatures.
Our dental specialists/ dentists will find out the details of your medical and dental history, go through a consultation and examination, and take an x-ray of your teeth and jaws, to ascertain if you are suitable for gum grafting treatment. Thereafter our dentists will discuss with you to recommend the most appropriate solution for your needs.
Gum grafting is like doing plastic surgery in the mouth. The palate (roof of the mouth) offers good quality tissue that can be used as a graft and transplanted onto the recipient area. The gums around the recipient site (the exposed root) are gently lifted away and the graft material is secured in place with fine sutures approximately the size of a hair.
The procedure takes about an hour for a small area and a proportionately longer time for larger areas.
For the first three days, minimal pain, bleeding or swelling is usually experienced. Antibiotics, painkillers and antiseptic mouthwashes will be prescribed to help the healing process.
Follow Up Care
After the anaesthetic wears off, you may start eating a soft diet on the un-operated side. Very hot foods and drinks should be avoided to minimize post-operative bleeding. Drinks should be also be taken directly from the cup – do not use a straw.
Avoid vigorous exercise or stimulants (e.g. caffeine) for the rest of the day and ensure that you have sufficient rest to aid recovery.
One day after surgery, rinse your mouth gently with antiseptic mouthwash or with warm salt water after meals and before going to bed.
You will be required to visit your dental specialist/ dentist in the first two weeks for review after surgery. Your stitches will also be removed.
Thereafter, regular reviews are maintained for the first three months so that our dental specialist/ dentist can monitor your healing and help maintain an optimally clean environment around the grafted site.
|CT scan||$350 – 600 (depends on whether it is one jaw or two jaws)|
|Gum Graft||From $1,500 onwards (depending on complexity)|
All fees are subject to 7% Singapore Goods and Services Tax. All fees are subject to change without prior notice.*
The information provided above is of a general nature only as you would need to be examined by our dental specialists/ dentists in order to confirm the best treatment option for you. A more detailed estimate of the fees involved can be confirmed after the initial consultation.
Gum graft can be carried out with local anaesthesia. However, there are also options to complete the treatment under sedation or general anaesthesia. This means that the procedures will be done while you sleep.
For sedation; there will be an additional fee for an Anaesthesiologist to administer the sedation, which is about SGD$750 – SGD$1,000 per hour.
For general anaesthesia, besides the fees for an Anaesthesiologist, operating theatre costs and admissions cost into the hospital may be incurred.
If you are a Singaporean or a permanent resident of Singapore, Medisave may be utilised for the gum grafting procedure.
For more details on Medisave coverage, please visit our Medisave page.
Specialist Dental Group’s Gum Grafting Team comprises of internationally qualified dental specialists/ dentists from the specialty areas of periodontics (gum treatment).
We can usually schedule for you to see our dental specialists/ dentists within 24 hours and depending on your dental condition, it may be possible for you to start treatment on the same day as your initial consultation.