Soft Tissue Grafts

Viable Solutions for Your Teeth with Soft Tissue Grafts

Aggressive tooth brushing procedures and periodontal diseases lead to the onset of gum recession. Because of these, loss of a supporting bone, tooth sensitivity and tooth decay tend to occur. Most importantly, one loses an attractive smile. Gingival recession leads to exposed roots, which require soft tissue grafts to cover them or to develop gum tissue.

Gum recession is a gradual process that is not noticeable until the one experiences sensitivity when drinking cold or hot beverages, the sight of an ugly exposed root or the teeth appear to be too long. If left untreated, tooth loss will be the end result. To repair and prevent further dental problems, Dr. Malek who is an exceptional and skilled periodontist will carry out a soft tissue graft procedure which will prevent additional bone loss and further recession.

There are different methods for soft tissue grafts and connective tissue grafts are the most commonly used to treat root exposure. The procedure involves cutting a flap of skin and tissue from the roof of the mouth. This is then stitched to the gum tissue with the exposed root. Free gingival grafts are almost similar to the connective tissue grafts but differ due to the direct removal of tissue from the roof of the mouth. No flap is cut in this procedure. Moreover, a periodontist can also use pedicle grafts. The procedure, which is normally done on people with sufficient gum tissue near the tooth, involves getting the tissue grafted around the tooth. The partially cut gum is then pulled over the exposed root and sewn in. Depending on the severity of the gingival recession and the patient needs, Dr. Malek will advise on the best treatment method for you.

Soft tissue grafts can be performed on one tooth, or several teeth to cover the gum line. After the procedure, the periodontist gives postoperative care directives such as diet, medication and physical activities. You may be put on an antibiotic and asked to rinse with a special mouthwash to prevent plaque buildup reducing the risk of infections. Also, important is eating soft and cool foods such as pasta, eggs and well-cooked vegetables for about two weeks. Flossing and brushing the repaired gum line is prevented during the healing period. Within a week or two, your mouth will be fully healed.

Having soft tissue grafts to improve your smile also helps you to eat, talk and chew comfortably. You are guaranteed of feeling as you have your original teeth back!

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