Soft Tissue Grafting
When your gums have receded due to gum recession, a soft tissue graft is necessary to restore the lining of your soft tissue. During this procedure, your dentist will use soft tissue from a different source to cover the exposed areas of your teeth. While gum recession might be seen as a cosmetic issue, it can also cause further complications with your teeth like decay, serious infection, and abrasion unless you undergo a soft tissue graft.
The Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure
Dr. Gabriel will begin your procedure by taking small pieces of tissue from the roof of your mouth or using graft materials from a tissue bank. These pieces of tissue will be used to make your new gums. During your procedure, he’ll connect the new tissue to your existing gums and shape it along your gum line to make it look natural.
After your procedure, you’ll be able to drive yourself home unless you opted for sedation. In that case, you’ll need someone else to drive. It’s vital for your recovery to take time to relax after your surgery and to follow Dr. Gabriel’s post-operative instructions.
Soft Tissue Grafting Candidacy
Undergoing a gum graft may be the right care for your smile for issues such as:
- Teeth appearing abnormally long
- Symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease
- Sensitivity due to having an exposed root
- Bacteria trapped in your gum’s pockets