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Soft Tissue Grafting Process

by Daniel Pauly

Receding gums expose the roots of your teeth and may cause decay and sensitivity. If your gums are receding, your dentist will recommend a safe process to restore your gum line. Visit your specialist for a soft tissue graft in New York to prevent further deterioration.

What is soft tissue grafting?

This is a technique that covers the roots of your tooth after erosion caused by gum recession. Before the process, your periodontist will take you through pre-operative evaluation to ensure that:

  • You have enough bone and soft tissue volumes. For implants to have long stability, the gum area needs to be surrounded by 1.8-2.0 mm of bone.
  • There is adequate tissue thickness for the palatal donor.
  • Your gums are vascularized. Vasoconstriction of the gum area may interfere with the outcome of the procedure. A common cause for this is smoking.

There are different types of gum grafting. Your dental specialist at East Village Dental Center will take you through these options and recommend what suits you based on your unique needs.

Connective tissue grafting

This is the most commonly used method. Before the procedure:

  • Your dentist will use a local anesthetic on the grafting area.
  • Your dentist will obtain new tissue from your mouth palate. The tissue is sterilized to prevent infections.
  • Your existing gum tissue is removed to create room for the new tissue graft.
  • An incision is made in the gum area of the exposed tooth.
  • The grafting tissue is then placed under the gums.
  • A protective covering will be used on the grafted area for stability.
  • Your dentist will now suture the area. Depending on the type of stitches, they can either dissolve or be removed.

Pedicle grafting

This process can only be done if you have a lot of gum tissue surrounding your tooth. The tissue graft is obtained around the receding tooth. The gum is then pulled down to cover the exposed tooth and finally stitched in place.

Free gingival grafting

This method is eligible for people with thin gums who need extra tissue to increase their gums’ thickness. It is almost similar to connective tissue grafting. However, in gingival grafting, a small quantity of tissue is directly removed from the roof of your mouth and attached to the gum area.

Allografting

This type of grafting is used when you need multiple teeth and lack enough of your own gum for grafting. Instead of using tissue from your mouth, an allograft is placed in the spaces and then stitched into place.

You are unlikely to have any complications after the procedures. Visit your doctor in case of strange signs and symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Pus discharge
  • Non-stop bleeding
  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

Post tissue grafting care

  • Avoid flossing or brushing the repaired gum area.
  • Consume soft foods because hard foods will irritate the grafted area.
  • Eat a balanced diet to facilitate recovery.
  • Take medications that your dentist has prescribed.
  • Use an antiseptic mouth wash to rinse your mouth twice a day to prevent the formation of plaque during healing.
  • Do not use abrasive toothpaste.
  • Do not use products that contain nicotine.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups.

Book a session with your dentist today at East Village Dental Center to enhance your dental outlook.