Epithilialized Palatal Grafts (EPG)
The Epithelialized Palatal Graft (EPG) is the new name for the old “Free Gingival Graft”. The donor site for this graft is usually the surface of the palatal mucosa just palatal to the molars and bicuspids. It’s fallen somewhat out of favor wtih many periodontists but I still use it when there is an aggressive frenum pull, to augment the zone of attached gingiva, when the surgery is out of the Esthetic Zone and to obtain some root coverage. This graft forms a powerful barrier. Nothing gets past it!
The “palatal protector” almost eliminates the post-operative discomfort from the donor site.