What is Soft Tissue Grafting?

Periodontal procedures such as soft tissue grafting are available to stop further dental problems and gum recession, while improving the look of your gum tissues.

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Perhaps you wish to enhance your smile by covering one or more of these roots that make your teeth appear too long. Or, maybe you’re not bothered by the appearance of these areas, but you cringe because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids.

Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment Dr. Granovsky and Dr. Urban can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem. Once these contributing factors are controlled, a soft tissue graft procedure will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or augment gum tissue that is insufficient. During this procedure, Dr. Granovsky or Dr. Urban will take gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. A type of tissue called an allograft can be used to avoid the need to take tissue from the palate thereby reducing a second surgical site and post-operative discomfort. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity. Covering exposed roots can also prevent cavities from forming on these surfaces.

Gum grafting may also be necessary before crowns and bridges are planned. If teeth lack a band of bound tissue at the gum line, recession and secondary decay can occur after crowns and bridges are placed. Secondary decay is common in patients who suffer dry mouth. Gum grafts can restore the band of bound tissue and reduce the likelihood of new decay and recession.

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