Soft Tissue Graft
What is a Soft Tissue Graft?
Gum recession is one of the most common periodontal-related disorders in the world. Things like brushing too hard, smoking and gum disease can all contribute to gum recession. As the gums recede, your teeth look longer and are more prone to severe sensitivity. A soft tissue graft is necessary to cover these exposed roots and improve the look of your smile.
Why is a Soft Tissue Graft needed?
You may need a soft tissue graft if you have gum recession. These surgeries are often only done for patients who have moderate to severe gum recession. For patients who have only mild or the start of recession, we typically offer other treatments and advice to prevent it from getting worse. A soft tissue graft is necessary when it comes to preventing sensitivity as well as improving the way that your teeth look.
Who is a candidate for a Soft Tissue Graft?
With a simple examination done in our office, we can determine if you would benefit from a soft tissue grafting. If you have gum disease that is causing the recession, it is crucial that you begin treatment to eradicate the disease. Keep in mind that a soft tissue graft is not a permanent solution and your gums can recede again in the future. The best way to avoid future gum recession is with proper oral hygiene habits, quitting smoking and treating underlying periodontal disease.
What happens during a Soft Tissue Graft?
We first administer an anesthetic to numb the area. We then remove a small piece of tissue from the top of your mouth, or the palate. This tissue is then placed over the area of exposed root. It is sutured in place and a dressing placed to help the area to heal. You will be given instructions on how to care for your new soft tissue graft once you leave the office.
If you want to learn more about a soft tissue graft, call us today so that we can get you into the office as soon as possible. We have discount plans available as well as amenities, like a snack and beverage bar and low office wait times.