A soft tissue graft is used when there is a significant amount of gum recession in a particular area or to cover a dental implant discovered.
Generally, mild gum recessions can be corrected with changes in oral hygiene routine. In more severe recessions, when the gum recedes further, it exposes you to a greater risk of infection and bacterial penetration.
You are likely to be more sensitive to hot and cold foods when your gums recede. If your gums recede so far that you expose the root, you can set yourself up for more serious problems. The root is softer than the enamel, making it more vulnerable to bacteria and plaque.
To restore proper gum level and periodontal function, a soft tissue graft can be performed.
This is done by removing soft tissue from the palate (free gum graft or connective tissue graft) or by repositioning healthy gum tissue from adjacent teeth (pedicle gingival graft).
This cosmetic surgery is minimally invasive, performed under local anesthesia. The procedure is very predictable and has a high success rate.
As it is the patient’s own tissue there is no rejection, although a part of the graft necroses. This is a completely normal effect that should not alarm you.
In case of performing the coronal reposition flap technique, bruising or external swelling may occur during the 4 to 5 days following surgery.
The most relevant complication of soft tissue grafting arises when the root is not sufficiently covered, in which case the operation would have to be performed again.
If you hesitate to smile because of the exposed roots there is no discomfort with cold food. Soft tissue grafts can improve your smile, eliminate sensitivity, and also help in the prevention of root decay.
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Other periodontal treatments
Aesthetic and Functional Crown Lengthening.
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American Board of Prosthodontics American College of Prosthodontists Academy of Osseointegration The European Board of Prosthodontics.
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