As many as 75% of people have receding gums to some degree. At Periodontal Implant Group in Houston, the team of periodontal and dental experts provides soft tissue grafting procedures to restore your gums, protect your teeth, and enhance your smile. Call Periodontal Implant Group today or schedule an appointment online if you’re concerned about receding gums.
Soft tissue grafting, also referred to as a gum graft, is a procedure where your dentist takes gum tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and attaches it to an area where your gum tissue is receding.
There are three different types of soft tissue grafting procedures.
Connective tissue grafts are the most frequently performed periodontal soft tissue grafts. During the procedure, your dentist makes a small incision in your palate and cuts a small piece of the tissue underneath — known as subepithelial connective tissue — and stitches it to the remaining gum tissue where you have gum recession.
Free gingival grafts also use tissue from the roof of your mouth. However, instead of removing it from beneath a flap of the surface tissue, your dentist uses the surface tissue to replace the lost tissue surrounding your teeth. This treatment is an effective option if you still have gums, but need to enlarge them.
If your gums are only starting to recede, your dentist may be able to perform a pedicle graft. During this procedure, he creates a flap of tissue from the area of your gums near to the exposed tooth or roots. He positions the flap to cover the exposed tooth and stitches it in place.
Gum recession is a common issue that might not cause any pain. However, as your gums recede, not only can it lead to root exposure, but it also pulls your gums away from your teeth, making it easier for bacteria and plaque to build up and damage your teeth.
Your dentist gives you specific aftercare instructions following your soft tissue graft procedure. You won’t be able to brush or floss around the graft site until the tissue has healed. Your dentist gives you a special mouthwash to gently rinse around your mouth. He may also prescribe an antibiotic to fight of any infection.
You may have some tenderness for a week or two following your soft tissue graft and should eat soft foods like Jello, yogurt, and soups. Fortunately, the soft tissue in your mouth should heal quickly, and any discomfort should be short-lived.
Call Periodontal Implant Group or make an appointment online today if you’re concerned about receding gums and want to learn about your soft tissue graft options.