SEVEN HILLS DENTAL
Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry
Soft Tissue Grafting
In the event that you experience gum recession, a soft tissue grafting procedure might be necessary to combat this condition. Leading causes of tooth root exposure include periodontal disease and trauma from over brushing or poor positioning on your part when younger years were at their prime - but even old age can cause it! Once these roots have been exposed eating hot food will become uncomfortable as well as more susceptible for decay due not only do we get chew slower with less pressure going into them; anyone who has seen an impacted wisdom tooth knows what's possible here too: thinning out gums could allow room enough so other foods don't stick around long enough before being rejected by healthy surrounding tissues anymore
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.
Reasons for soft tissue grafting
Soft tissue grafting is an excellent procedure that has many uses. A recent development in dental technology means it's becoming less invasive, predictable and more effective at substituting for missing or damaged tissues than ever before- here are some of the benefits associated with this 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, decrease 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 as a cosmetic procedure 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.
What does soft tissue grafting treatment involve?
To prevent tooth decay, a deep cleaning will be performed both above and below the gum line to remove any calculus (tartar). A grafting procedure may also be necessary in order for you or another person's teeth to receive new ones. The recipient site is typically anesthetized during this process but depends on its size because there are various levels of anesthesia available depending upon patient preference. Once made aware about what type dental restoration they need after being informed by our skilled team members at your earliest convenience so we can have everything planned out accordingly!
When a patient has a surgical procedure, the area being sutured will heal quicker if it is first applied with platelet rich growth factors and tissue stimulating proteins. In addition to encouraging faster healing there are also other benefits from pre-surgical application such as protection for sensitive spots or gum uniformity improvement in just six weeks after surgery ends.
If you have any questions about soft tissue grafting, please contact us.