Soft Tissue Grafts
Gum recession can happen for a number of reasons. The most common issue that causes this problem is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes inflammation of the gums, and your gums pull away from your teeth. This allows bacteria to get below the gum line and infect your gums, teeth and jawbone. Your gums may also recede due to aggressive brushing, certain health conditions or simply aging. As your gums recede, your teeth have a longer appearance and their roots become exposed. Exposed roots leave you sensitive to both hot and cold foods and drinks, as well as those that are salty, spicy and acidic. At Midwest Periodontics, Dr. Southard can perform a soft tissue graft to reverse the effects of gum recession and restore your smile to its former beauty.
What is a soft tissue graft?
A soft tissue graft is a procedure in which tissue from another part of your mouth, usually the roof of your mouth or surrounding healthy gum tissue, is removed and then stitched over the teeth where recession has occurred. Under some circumstances, you may require the use of donor tissue from another individual. As the site heals, the donor tissue grows into existing gum tissue and restores your gums to a healthy state.
Types of Soft Tissue Grafts
There are three types of soft tissue grafts:
Benefits of Soft Tissue Grafts
Soft tissue grafts offer several benefits:
Healing After a Soft Tissue Graft
You will be able to go home the same day, but there are some things you need to keep in mind. You will need to rest for the first few days in order to minimize swelling and bleeding. Pain is common, and can be managed with over the counter pain relievers. We will supply you with care instructions, which will include practices for oral hygiene. Healing should be complete within a few weeks.
Don’t let gum recession get you down. Call us today at (816) 207-4005 for more information and to learn if you might be a candidate.