• Soft Tissue Grafting

  • What is soft tissue grafting? 

    Soft tissue that is removed from one area and then adhered to another is called soft tissue grafting. This may be necessary if your gums have receded to an extent that your oral health is in jeopardy. It can be used to cover exposed roots or redevelop gum tissue that has receded. During the procedure, your periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity. It can be necessary to restore your oral health and prevent tooth or bone loss later in life. Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue that is absent due to excessive gingival recession. During this procedure, your periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to reduce sensitivity and even your gum line.

    Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue that is absent due to excessive gingival recession. During this procedure, your periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to reduce sensitivity and even your gum line.

    How do I know if I need soft tissue grafting?

     

    If your gums have receded to an unhealthy point, then a periodontist may suggest soft tissue grafting. Gums recede for a variety of reasons, like aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment, your periodontist will 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 bone loss and additional gum recession. 

    What are the benefits of soft tissue grafting?

    Soft tissue grafting may be your best option to reduce further gum recession and potential teeth and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay.  This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve the esthetics of your smile. You may find yourself enjoying a better diet as you will be less affected by the temperatures or acidity of foods and drinks. 

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