Dr. Lynna Bui and may recommend soft tissue grafting to help combat the effects of gum recession. Gum recession may be caused by periodontal disease, trauma, aging, overaggressive brushing, or poor tooth positioning, and can cause significant problems for your oral health and the appearance of your smile. To learn more about soft tissue grafting in San Jose, California, and schedule your consultation with our dental professionals, please contact AZ Dental at 408-227-6000.
When the roots of your teeth are exposed due to gum recession, it raises the likelihood of tooth decay, makes your teeth sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages, and negatively impacts the appearance of your smile. Soft tissue grafting is often the recommended treatment to halt the progression of gum recession and prevent further loss.
Our periodontist and oral surgeon may recommend soft tissue grafting to increase your comfort, improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, and improve the health of your gums.
There are 3 main types of soft tissue grafts:
- Free Gingival Graft – a strip of tissue is removed from the roof of your mouth and stitched to the area of recession to promote natural growth. This is the most common type of soft tissue graft.
- Connective Tissue Graft – a piece of connective tissue is removed from a small flap in your mouth and sutured to the grafting site. This type of soft tissue graft is commonly used for larger areas of root exposure.
- Pedicle Graft – a flap of tissue is partially cut away and moved sideways to cover the root, “sharing” the soft tissue between the affected area and adjacent gum. This type of soft tissue graft typically produces excellent results, as the tissue moved is largely left intact.
Our dental professionals will begin your treatment by performing a deep dental cleaning both above and below the gum line. The grafting procedure will be performed under local anesthetic. A small incision will be made at the recipient site, and the donor tissue will be placed in that area. We may apply platelet rich growth factors to help stimulate natural tissue growth and promote good healing, as well as tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage quicker tissue growth. Our dentists will suture the wound to prevent shifting, and surgical material will be placed to protect the area while it heals.
If you have questions about soft tissue grafting, please contact our practice today.