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Periodontist for gum grafts
I was told recently by periodontist Dr. Lowell Davis that I
need gum grafts requiring four surgeries. I'm wondering if
anyone has experience with Dr. Davis and can offer a
positive or negative recommendation, and I would also like
to get a second opinion. Anyone had gum grafts/surgery from
someone they'd recommend? (Some docs in my health insurance
network are Angela Lin, Farrokh Bashiri, Anand Maharathi,
Jeremy Factor, Dorel Onea, and David Rustamzadeh, Yuri
Veber, Eric Engert, and James Raust BUT I'm willing to pay
more for someone good). Thanks. anon
I had a gum graft done by Dr. Lieberman in Fremont in 2001.
He did a great job. The tissue blended very well, you can't
even tell I had one. And no more gum recession. Other
dentists have commented on how well done it was. Dr. Allan Lieberman
Ste C, 3805 Beacon Avenue Fremont, CA
94538-1464 - (510) 796-8333
Please get in touch with John Kwan D.D.S. and make a consultation
He is the best periodontist around the Bay area and he will direct you
as to your needs and may be able to refer you if you must stay within
the list of theose dentists.
If it were my mouth, I would choose him, at any cost.
I am in the profession and think there is no one else like him!
His office is in N.Oakland and the number there is 510-547-
Dr. Bashiri is great. His front office can be a bit confusing but I
highly recommend him. He has done a lot of work in my mouth and has
always been very receptive to all of my concerns.
I've seen Carol Grimm for 2 gum grafts and have one more to go. She's
EXCELLENT, the grafts have been successful and relatively pain free. I
felt ready to go to back to work the same day,but she recommends
waiting until the next day. Pain Free! She's very nice, too.
Her office is right next to Alta Bates, I think it's on Regent. Tell
her I recommended her if you go.
Stephani Lesh email@example.com
I have had two gum grafts with Dr. Carol Grimm DDS. Phone:
510-843-6341. I will go back for a third late this year. I highly
We would like to heartily recommend Dr. Bishiri for any periodontal
issues. Our daughter recently had a sort of gum-emergency, when she
had an allergic reaction to the nickel in her braces. She was sent to
Dr. Bashiri's office by her orthodontist, who called for us that
morning. Dr. Bashiri immediately fit her in to his schedule, stayed to
work with her during the lunch hour that day, and then actually called
me himself that evening - himself mind you - to make sure she was
feeling well after the procedure. I was just floored at that. My
daughter had no residual problems and his work was terrific. Very
professional, very expert. Just great all around. I would definitely
trust him with other periodontal issues.
Best of luck
I highly recommend Dr. Kirk L Pasquinelli. His is top notch. You will
pay more but he is one of the best. His phone number is 415-781-7147.
The website is sfperio.com
My husband and I both had gum grafts done several years ago by Dr. Yuri
Veber. He did an excellent job and we couldn't have been happier with
his work. He'd be a good person to go to for a second opinion.
Donald Brown, periodontist in Alameda?
Has anyone had experience, positive or negative with Dr.
Donald Brown, DDS, in Alameda? I'm in need of some gum
grafting, and he is one of the few periodontists in my network.
I highly recommend Donald Brown. I have been going to him
since the late 1980s. I had a surgery when I first began
treatment and then about five years ago needed a second
procedure. Mainly, I go to his office for my dental hygiene
and his check ups just to be sure everything is OK because I
have several issues. After his training, I'm very thorough
with my hygiene now and as a result my gums have stabilized.
He is very, very gentle and respectful. I always feel
comfortable with him and his staff.
Periodontist for treatment of gum disease
I have deep pockets in my mouth and gum disease and have been
told there's not all that much that can be done. I just had a
surgical treatment called oseous that I'm not sure was that
successful since I'm experiencing pain two weeks later that I
never had. I've read through a lot of periodontist reviews on
YELP and am overwhelmed by the number of thoughts. I want to get
a second opinion about my case. Can anyone recommend someone for
my condition who has helped them or someone they know? Thank you.
I highly recommend Glenn Fujinaka. His office is right off 580
in Oakland, behind Ladyfingers bakery. His staff is terrific,
the office has a very nice atmosphere, and his equipment is
very up-to-date. And Dr. Fujinaka seems to truly enjoy what he
does. He likes to spend a lot of time explaining what he's
doing and really encourages you to ask questions.
I have had a good experience with Dr. Pia Lodberg in Berkeley.
She did a deep cleaning and extracted 2 teeth and it was really
not painful. Her phone # is 848-5618.
Need periodontist for reluctant husband
My husband needs major perio work, it's not good news, and we're looking for a
compassionate periodontist in the area. Thanks.
I highly recommend Dr. Pia Lodberg near Alta Bates:
2999 Regent St
Berkeley, CA 94705-2146
She has lots of experience working with nervous patients and is an
excellent and effective periodontist.
My dentist referred me to Dr. Weber for possible graft for
gum recession. His is at the perfect recent education/ample
experience place in his career. I too am reluctant, but am
confident of Dr. Weber's competence. I plan to have the
I would like to hear about other people's gum graft
Dr. Weber recently changed offices to:
5277 College Ave., Ste 105
And, as in all healthcare, check your insurance coverage, and
ask for pre-authorization to make sure you are billed
correctly and all parties are paying their share.
I'm looking for a periodontist/surgeon who does gum grafts and has a
realistic and sympathetic view of how REALLY painful the procedure and
My first experience with gum grafts was horrible. I had put off doing
this for years because I heard how bad the pain of it was. My
periodontist, Dr. Bashiri, told me that those reports were not true of
his more modern procedure.
WELL! The pain during the procedure was traumatizing. The doctor said
it was standard practice to only use novacaine and no other pain
medication. The pain of multiple shots and the pressure involved in
stitching was intense.
Because I am allergic to vicodin and codeine, the doctor prescribed
ibuprofen. 800 mg. of ibuprofen didn't touch the pain. The pain
was worse than the major abdominal surgery I had. My pleas for better
pain medication went unheeeded. Oh yes, said the doctor on the phone,
sometimes the pain is worse on the
FOURTH AND FIFTH day! The ibuprofen, he said, should ease the pain.
I was in very bad pain for 8 days.
So, has anyone had gum grafts that went well from a results and pain
management standpoint? If so, please send me a referral.
I hear you on the pain front with gum grafts! You should talk to the
dentist ahead of the surgery to really discuss your fears, experiences,
pain levels, etc. I saw Dr. Carol Grimm for a gum graft about a year ago
and was very pleased with the whole procedure. And I should say that I
was so scared about it that I put it off for 2 years! I can't say that
Dr. Grimm coddled me about the fears, but she was completely
professional, understanding, and realistic. I don't remember what pain
medication I had for the procedure, but I can say I did not feel pain
during the graft. She did prescribe valium to help with my anxiety, and
that helped. I am also allergic to codine, etc, and had ibuprofin, but I
found that to be sufficient, and only needed it for 2-3 days. By the 5th
day, I felt no pain at all. By the 7th, the plaster came off and I was
fine. Dr. Grimm was also good with the follow up. Don't let her name
fool you--she's an excellent periodontist. Her number in Berk!
eley is 510-843-6341
I've had 4 bone grafts and gum surgery due to periodontal disease, plus 4
teeth pulled and now have a front lower bridge. My periodontist is
FABULOUS, Dr. Harandi, in Pinole, off of Appian Way on Terra Hills Drive.
His office number is 724-3666. The staff is really nice, they'll work out
a reasonable payment plan they make you as comfortable as possible. Dr.
Harandi is gentle, sweet, explains everything, asks if you have questions
For all my treatments I brought my ipod and headphones, my neck pillow.
The only thing that hurt was getting the injections for numbing. I felt
pressure during the procedures but NO PAIN. He was fast too. My only
complaint was how outrageously expensive it it adn how little of it my
dental insurance covers.
Good luck. It's no fun, but it is possible to have less discomfort. By
the way, each time I healed quickly with little discomfort.
I would highly recommend Dr. Keith Chertok on Ashby in Berkeley. I
recently had my third gum graft and was prepared for severe, long-lasting
pain. Much to my surprise, I barely needed more than a few ibuprofren
tablets over the course of a few days. Your perio was correct, though -
the pain does get worse 4 or 5 days into it, since there's still a lot of
anesthetic in your system. But what a difference from my first two
grafts! They were done within the previous 15-20 years in Manhattan and
the pain lasted for weeks. Techniques do improve over the years but,
still, what a surpise for me. I was prepared to stay out of work for a
while and was able to go back within a day or two. I did bruise quite a
bit (I looked like Mike Tyson had lit into me) but the pain issue was a
non-issue. Good luck!
For gum grafts, I highly recommend periodontist Paul Sebastiani in San
Rafael (415-482-9901). She is worth the drive to Marin, for her
professionalism, her amazing skill. and gentle manner. More about her
later. I first went to Carol Grimm in Berkeley, who refused to do more
than two teeth/spaces at a time, which would cost me MUCH more money and
also time and suffering. Dr. Grimm misled a friend of mine, not
mentioning that she would need another graft after the first single-space
she grafted, so now my friend has to go through it all over again, and pay
double. (The cost to do more grafts at once is much less than doing them
in separate procedures.) Dr. Grimm was business-like, negative and cold.
Her office is also very unpleasant, as patients are separated only by a
curtain, and you can hear every breath and sound from the other patients.
And I had to wait for 40 minutes! Dr. Sebastiani's office is well-run,
with no waiting, separate rooms, and a much more pleasant atmosphere. She agreed to do all 4 of my gum spaces in one procedure, and
actually ended up doing 6 when she finally got into it, so save me the
trouble of having to go through the procedure again. The recovery is very
painful, no doubt about it. Not something I would want to do repeatedly.
Dr. Grimm told me she would not be able to build up the gum, just arrest
further recession. Dr. Sebastiani actually built up my gums so I have a
little more height against the teeth, and a good solid pad against further
recession. I was so grateful that I drove the extra 20 minutes to go to
Paula Sebastiani. Her staff is also incredible, calling me after the
procedure to see if I was alright, and answering all my many questions
with courtesy and caring.
Periodontist for soft tissue grafting?
Has anyone seen Dr. Chertok for soft tissue grafting? I hear it is a simple, but
albeit painful procedure and was hoping for some input. Did you like Dr. Chertok and
the office? I also would love to get an idea of what something like this might cost
me, (the total amount before submitted to insurance, as insurance plans vary...) I
have two teeth that are needing grafts. I haven't yet had my consult appt. (at which
point the Dentist office will submit a pre-auth to my insurance), but the problem is
that I am about to submit my Flexible Spending Acct. allotment amount to work and the
forms are due before I will even have the consult appointment. Anyone out there that
can enlighten me on the surgery/recovery and additionally the cost I might expect to
incur? Thanks so much
I just had gum graft surgery a couple of weeks ago thru Dr Marks
in Walnut Creek (primarily because I live along the 680
corridor). About a week before the actual procedure, I had to go
in to get an impression for a plastic piece that fits on the roof
of your mouth to allow it to heal (that's where they harvest the
tissue from). The procedure itself went more quickly than I
thought it would (about 75 minutes)--I think I spent more time at
the Kaiser WC pharmacy to get my post-op meds. After the
surgery, my gum was really sore for about the next 18 hours. I
didn't really encounter soreness or pain in the roof of my mouth
(I was told it if I did, it would feel like I burned my mouth
from eating hot pizza, but I didn't). I also made the mistake of
not eating enough food with the prescribed pain reliever, so I
had a nasty spell of nausea the following day. As far as eating,
you'll probably want to stick to soft, bland foods (e.g. soup,
applesauce) for the first few days. But about 24 hours after the
surgery, I started to feel normal again. I had the surgery on a
Thursday afternoon, took Friday off to recover, took it easy for
the rest of the weekend, and was back to work on Monday. The
plastic piece wasn't covered by my insurance and required a $100
payment. Procedure itself was about $2000 and luckily insurance
is covering most of that; in your case, it will depend on your
insurance carrier. A recent gum surgery patient
Looking for a current recommendation for a periodontist. Would
love someone that works with my schedule instead of just their
own. Prefer near Rockridge or SF Embarcadero area.
I recently had my gums grafted by Keith Chertok. I found him
to be very friendly, knowldegeable and sensitive. He is
located on College Ave. near Alta Bates. Phone is 510.548.0150
My wonderful dentist, Dr. Nathan Kaufman, referred me to Dr.
Kwan, a periodontist, for a dental implant. My initial
consultation was great, no need to look further. He explained
everything quite well and was also very nice. I had the implant
two days ago and it was great. I had heard horror stories about
the dental implant process but it was no worse than a filling or
root canal (and I am the biggest chicken when it comes to dental
work). Suddenly, it was over and time to go home!
I highly recommend Dr. Kwan. Here is his website:
Can anyone recommend a skilled (and gentle) periodontist in the
eastbay? It's for my parents who live in Alameda. Thanks!
My periodontist, Dr Gilbert Oliver in Pinole is wonderful and so
are the hygienists and office staff. I've had deep cleaning done
by him initially and I now go in for regular cleanings done by
Debbie who is also really good. I've opted to not go to a
regular dentist for cleanings even though it's a little more
expensive. His number is (510)724-3666. (1500 Tara Hills Drive
Suite 202, Pinole).
I would recommend Dr. Keith Chertok. Just last week, I had my
gums grafted and he did a great job. Very gentle, explains
things as he goes along and is sensitive to the pain and
anxiety that such a surgery causes. He is located at Ashby and
College in Berkeley and can be reached at 510.548.0150.
I would recommend Dr. Glenn M. Fujinaka. He's very gentle and
experienced. His office is in Oakland, CA. His phone number is
465-9911. Good Luck!
I have had two gum grafts (sounds WAY worse than it is) by Carol
Grimm, in the Huntmont Building behind Alta Bates (on Regent, I
believe). She's incredible.
It wasn't pleasant during the procedure (not sure how it could
be), but it wasn't painful and was over fast. She's also VERY
good about explaining what is going to happen, etc.
And my recovery time was incredibly fast. I went to work the next
day in each case and felt completely healed in just over a week.
If you need a periodontist, she's your gal.
I had a very positive experience with a periodonticist in Hayward. His name
is Ivan D. Ancell at 886-7910. He made sure I did not have any discomfort
when he performed surgery on my gums. He is also an extremely funny and
personable guy. I highly recommend him.
Chertoff--(I'm probably spelling it wrong...) was a referral from our
dentist Howard Pollick and orthodontist Bob Iezman.--- Very personable
and smart...good people and communication skills.
Before you pay your periodontist for the cancelled appointment, consider
this: Is there anywhere in her office or in any literature that they give
you...including when you make the appointment...that they need a week's
cancellation? I believe they have to have something that lets you know
that this is their office policy. I would definitely challenge this. I
know when I took my son to a periodontist in San Diego for a tooth
extraction, they wanted 48-hour notice, but they told me this over the
phone when I made the appointment. You might want to check and see if
there are any guidelines with the American Dental Association as to
business practice, etc.
I highly recommend Dr. Carol Grimm in the Huntmont Building, 843-6341. I
find this practice extremely well managed and Dr. Grimm highly competent as
well as remarkably gentle and reassuring. For long appointments, they do
charge for missed appointments if you cancel later than 48 hrs. in advance,
but explained this policy to me very carefully in advance and called me to
remind me in time for the cancellation to be made with no charge.
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