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.