Soft tissue grafting is a treatment recommended to help alleviate the effects of gum recession. We welcome you to contact AZ Dental at 408-437-1111 to learn more about soft tissue grafting in San Jose, California, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Lynna Bui and Dr. The Phan.
Gum recession may be cause by periodontal disease, trauma, aging, overaggressive brushing, or poor tooth positioning. It can cause significant problems for your oral health and the appearance of your smile, raising the risk of developing tooth decay and making your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. Soft tissue grafting can halt the progression of gum recession and prevent further tissue loss.
There are 3 main types of soft tissue grafts:
- Free Gingival Graft – in which 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 – in which a piece of connective tissue is removed from a small flap in your mouth and sutured to the grafting site. This grafting procedure is often recommended for larger areas of root exposure.
- Pedicle Graft – in which 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. Pedicle grafts usually produce great results, as the tissue moved is left intact and connected to blood vessels and nerves.
Our periodontist and oral surgeon will begin your soft tissue graft by cleaning above and below the gum line. A local anesthetic will be administered to ensure your comfort. We will make a small incision at the recipient site, and the donor tissue will be place in or shifted to cover that area. Platelet rich growth factors and tissue-stimulating proteins may also be provided help encourage tissue growth. We will then suture the wound, and surgical material will be placed to protect the area while it heals.
For more information about soft tissue grafting, contact our office today.