Soft Tissue Grafting
Soft tissue grafting is often necessary to combat gum recession and restore a patient’s comfort and confidence in their smile. Periodontal disease, trauma, aging, over brushing, and poor tooth positioning are some of the leading causes of gum recession, which can lead to tooth-root exposure in severe cases.
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When Do I Need a Soft Tissue Graft?
When the roots of the teeth become exposed, eating hot and cold foods can be uncomfortable, decay is more prevalent and the aesthetic appearance of the smile is altered. The main goal of soft tissue grafting is to either cover the exposed root or to thicken the existing gum tissue in order to halt further tissue loss.
The three different types of common soft tissue grafts include:
- Free gingival graft – A strip of tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth and stitched to the grafting site in order to promote natural growth. This type of graft is most commonly used for thickening existing tissue.
- Connective tissue graft – For larger areas or root exposure, subepithelial tissue is needed to remedy the problem. This subepithelial connective tissue is removed from a small flap in the mouth and sutured to the grafting site. This is the most common treatment for root exposure.
- Pedicle graft – This type of graft involves the “sharing” of soft tissue between the affected site and adjacent gum. A flap of tissue is partially cut away and moved sideways to cover the root. The results of this type of graft are excellent because the tissue that is moved to the adjacent area includes blood vessels that are left in place.
Benefits of Soft Tissue Grafting
Soft tissue grafting is a very common procedure that has many uses. We use state-of-the-art dental technology that makes soft tissue grafting less intrusive and more comfortable for our patients.
Some of the main benefits associated with soft tissue grafting treatment:
- Increased comfort – Root exposure can cause substantial pain and discomfort. Eating hot, cold or even warm foods can cause severe discomfort. Soft tissue grafts cover the exposed root, decreases sensitivity and restore good health to the gum area.
- Improved aesthetics – Gum recession due to periodontal disease can cause the smile to look “toothy” or the teeth to appear uneven in size. Soft tissue grafting can be used to re-augment the gums, and make the smile appear more symmetrical.
- Improved gum health – Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that can destroy soft tissue very rapidly. When used in combination with deep cleaning procedures, soft tissue grafting can halt tissue and bone loss, and protect exposed roots from further complications.
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At My Family Dentistry, we are committed to creating smiles that make you feel amazing and we believe every patient deserves to have a smile they love. Dr. Mullins, Dr. Owen, and our team are here to listen to your needs and ensure that you receive a comfortable, relaxing dental experience and leave with a smile you love.
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