Dental Services, Dental Surgery

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 gum 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.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

The amount of pain you have after surgery depends on the type of gum graft performed. If no tissue is removed from your palate, you should have little to no discomfort. However, if tissue is removed from your palate, you may be uncomfortable for a few days following the procedure.

The most important aspect of this healing is the formation of new vessels that will bring the blood supply into newly grafted soft tissue (angiogenesis). Again, wound stability is very important for the newly-forming blood supply (vascularization). Soft tissue healing generally takes 4-8 weeks to return to normal.

The bottom line. Receding gums are a common condition. Even with good oral hygiene habits, aging and genetics can still cause gum loss. While your gum tissue can’t grow back, there are many treatment options that can help stop or slow down the process.