A soft tissue graft is used when there has been a significant amount of gum recession in a particular area. When gums are healthy, they fit snug against the teeth, completely covering the roots.

Soft Tissue Graft


A soft tissue graft is used when there has been a significant amount of gum recession in a particular area. When gums are healthy, they fit snug against the teeth, completely covering the roots. Sometimes, as a result of periodontal disease, toothbrush abrasion or uneven bite, the gums pull away from the teeth, exposing some of the root surface. In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the tooth. A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems.

First, we make sure that your gums are thoroughly numb so that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Then we take the graft from the donor site on the palate. In some case, the donor site is left to heal on its own, but in other cases, we may need to use a dressing.

To place the graft, we must first gently separate the gums from the teeth. This creates a flap and gives us access to the area. We then carefully remove any plaque and tartar from the root surfaces. Finally, the graft is strategically placed and carefully stitched into place.