Over time the effect of aging, oral trauma, periodontal disease, and poor tooth positioning can cause gum tissue to recede. This can lead to a number of dental issues, including tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Soft tissue grafting can thicken gum tissue and cover exposed tooth roots, halting further tissue loss.
What dental issues can soft tissue grafting fix?
Soft tissue grafting can be used to correct a number of dental problems including:
- Reducing tooth sensitivity, pain, and discomfort due to exposed tooth roots – having a soft tissue graft will cover the exposed tooth root, making your teeth less sensitive, and restoring your ability to eat the foods you love.
- Improving the look of the smile – Over time, receding gums can cause the smile to appear less symmetrical, or the teeth to appear longer than usual. A soft tissue graft will restore your smile to a more natural appearance.
- Treating periodontal disease – soft tissue grafting is often used in conjunction with procedures such as deep cleaning in order to treat and halt the spread of periodontal disease. This can prevent further tissue and even bone loss.
What is involved in a soft tissue grafting procedure?
Before grafting any tissue, your dentist will first perform a thorough deep cleaning of the teeth and below the gum line. This will remove any plaque and tartar build up from the gums and tooth roots. You will then be given a local anesthetic to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible during the grafting procedure. Your dentist will then create a small pocket at the recipient site by making a small incision in the gum tissue. Another small incision will be made inside the pocket to divide it in two, and the donor tissue will be placed in this area. In some cases, your dentist will then apply a special liquid or ointment that will stimulate the tissue growth and promote proper healing. The wound will then be sutured and packed with surgical material to prevent shifting and infection.
If you have noticed increased tooth sensitivity or a change in the appearance of your smile and are curious as to whether you would be a good candidate for soft tissue grafting, call Larry Picard, DDS today to schedule a consultation. He has worked with many patients over the years and looks forward to helping you achieve your healthiest, most attractive smile.