• Soft Tissue Grafting

  • Soft Tissue Grafting

    Periodontal procedures are available to stop further dental problems and gum recession, and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line. 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 are not bothered by the appearance of these areas, but you cringe because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids.

    Why do gums recede?

    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 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 additional recession and bone loss.

    Where does the grafted tissue come from?

    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 even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

    Is there another source to get the grafted tissue?

    AlloDerm may be a good option for some grafting procedures. AlloDerm allows the doctor to give you the tissue you need without going to the roof of your mouth. AlloDerm repairs damaged tissue by providing a foundation for new tissue regeneration. The components preserved in AlloDerm contain the information that will help your own tissue to grow into the graft after placement. For more information and photographs click on the link below! http://www.biohorizons.com/alloderm.aspx 

    What are the benefits of this procedure?

    A soft tissue graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay.  This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile.