Soft Tissue Grafting
Soft tissue grafting is a gum recession treatment we offer at Burwood Diamond Dental. If you notice your gums pull away from your teeth or your teeth appear elongated, your dentist may recommend soft tissue grafting to protect your smile and reshape your gums.
What Is Gum Recession?
Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, exposing more of the tooth or its roots. With gum recession, a person’s tooth or teeth may appear long. Severe gum recession can damage supporting bones.
Because gum recession occurs gradually, many people don’t notice they have it until it’s severe. Over time, an exposed tooth root due to gum recession can impact your appearance, cause dental sensitivity and even cause tooth loss. Fortunately, gum grafting can resolve all of these issues and give you your smile back!
What Is a Gum Tissue Graft?
If your dentist has recently talked to you about gum grafting, there’s no need to panic. Thanks to modern dental technology, gum grafting is painless, quick and highly effective. Patients may require a gum graft if they have damaging gum recession and their oral health is at risk. However, patients can opt for gum grafting to improve the appearance of their smiles.
A gum tissue graft is an effective treatment we use to cover exposed dental roots. There are different types of gum grafts, and your dentist can determine which is best for your specific needs.
Types of Gum Grafts
Your dentist may recommend a connective-tissue graft, free gingival graft or pedicle graft to treat gum recession and improve a patient’s oral health.
Connective-tissue grafts are the most common treatment for tooth root exposure due to gum recession. During this procedure, the dentist uses subepithelial connective tissue beneath the palate (roof of the mouth) to cover exposed tooth roots and recreate the gumline.
Free Gingival Grafts
During a free gingival graft, your dentist removes a small amount of tissue directly from the mouth’s palate instead of beneath it, like with connective-tissue grafts.
Pedicle grafts use gum tissue from around the tooth. The pedicle is a small flap of tissue your dentist pulls over the exposed tooth root and secures that tissue into place.
Everyone’s mouth is different, and each person has unique needs. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health thoroughly to determine which type of gum tissue graft will provide you with the optimal result.
Gum Grafting Recovery
Gum grafting is an outpatient procedure, and your dentist may administer a sedative to help you relax. If you undergo sedation, we will let you know ahead of time so you can make the appropriate travel arrangements.
Dr Mohsen Khoshamadi, Dr Roger Gomez or Dr Johanna Ramon will inform you of your postoperative instructions, such as diet, medications and physical activity. Here are some common tips for after gum graft surgery:
- Avoid brushing and flossing the treated gumline until the area fully heals.
- Rinse your mouth with a plaque-controlling mouth rinse to keep bacteria at bay.
- Take prescribed medications as instructed by your dentist.
- Eat soft, cool foods (e.g., yoghurt, eggs) for two weeks after gum grafting.
Your mouth may take one to two weeks to heal after your gum tissue graft. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection and recommend an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.
If you have gum recession, we invite you to contact our friendly and knowledgeable team at Burwood Diamond Dental.