To some, the concept of grafting tissue can be intimidating. However, even if you’ve never done it before, it’s not as complicated of a process as it sounds. Whether you’re not happy with your gummy smile or certain foods are difficult to eat because of your exposed tooth roots, soft tissue grafting in Allen can help.
In today’s post, we’ll be exploring the many reasons why you may want to pursue soft tissue grafting and what the procedure entails.
Do I Need a Soft Tissue Grafting?
Soft tissue grafting is ideal for a wide variety of cases. For example, if you have periodontal disease or have experienced trauma from an accident, the roots of your teeth may have become exposed. Not only can this affect the way your gumline appears, but also affect your ability to eat certain hot or cold foods. Furthermore, exposed tooth roots cause decay to become more prevalent, increasing your chances of future gum disease and infection.
Keep in mind, gum recession can occur in ways other than periodontal disease or trauma. If you are:
- over the age of 40
- brushing or flossing too hard
- or you have poor tooth positioning
then you very well may benefit from soft tissue grafting in Allen.
What are the Benefits?
The goal of soft tissue grafting is to replace lost gum tissue wherever needed. By covering the exposed roots of your teeth or thickening existing gum tissue, we can reduce the sensitivity you feel while eating certain foods. We can also halt further tooth loss and improve the overall appearance of your smile.
If you’re not happy with how long teeth appear in your smile or they just appear uneven in size, an oral surgeon in Allen can perform a soft tissue graft, improving the overall aesthetics of your smile. Once they have tissue to work with, they can re-augment your gums and have them appear more even than before.
If you’re more worried about stopping periodontal disease, your oral surgeon will likely perform deep cleaning procedures in tandem with a soft tissue graft. This will work to slow down bone and tissue loss, a side effect typically associated with gum disease.
What is the Procedure for Soft Tissue Grafting?
Your oral surgeon can receive new gum tissue to cover your exposed roots in two ways. They can either source gum tissue from the roof of your mouth, or they’ll use tissue that was donated to them. You’ll also be given local anesthesia prior to the procedure, so you won’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable during.
Prior to grafting, your oral surgeon will clean your teeth and roots of any tartar, followed by making a small incision where the tissue is needed. Then, another split thickness incision is made inside this pocket, so the donor tissue has room to integrate effectively.
After the surgeon applies tissue-stimulating proteins, they’ll suture the area and cover it with protective surgical material. Once the treatment is complete, it will take about a week for the area to heal and you’ll be enjoying your brand-new smile in no time at all.
Have more questions about soft tissue grafting in Allen? Your dentist is more than happy to answer your questions during your next appointment!
About the Author
Dr. Fatima Robertson earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City before working as a general dentist for three years. Afterwards, she went back to school and completed an advanced education program in periodontics. To learn more about soft tissue grafting or about her practice, contact her at (214) 509-9011 or visit her website.