Soft Tissue Grafting
Our soft tissues (gums) are just as important to our oral health as our teeth. At Fay Periodontal Associates, we specialize in preventive and restorative treatments for your soft tissues. One of the most common restorative treatments we perform is known as soft tissue grafting.
Reasons for Soft Tissue Grafting
As a periodontist, Dr. Ann Fay is focused on helping you maintain and improve your periodontal health. Soft tissue grafting is often a vital part of combating gum recession. You may experience gum recession due to periodontal disease, aging, trauma, crowded teeth, and over-brushing.
Periodontal disease, an infection caused by bacterial plaque, is by far the leading cause of gum recession. If left untreated, this infection will spread to the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and supportive bone. The destruction of your gums can leave the roots of your teeth exposed. Exposed roots can result in tooth decay and severe sensitivity issues when eating hot and cold foods.
The main goal of soft tissue grafting is to cover your exposed roots and improve your existing gum tissues. The procedure can help prevent additional recession and bone deterioration. Most sensitivity issues should also subside following your graft.
Types of Soft Tissue Grafting
There are three major types of soft tissue grafting. The type of graft you receive is dictated by the current status of your soft tissues and gum recession. Depending on your situation, we may recommend a:
For the week or two following your soft tissue graft, be sure to follow our post-operative instructions. In most cases, you should limit your diet to soft and cool foods, such as pasta, eggs, and well-cooked vegetables. With proper guidance, most soft tissue grafts have a relatively comfortable healing process.
Benefits of Soft Tissue Grafting
Besides improving your periodontal health, a soft tissue graft can also improve the aesthetics of your smile. A beautiful smile is all about striking an aesthetic balance between your teeth and gums. After your soft tissue graft, your teeth will be surrounded by pink, beautiful, and healthy gums!
Schedule Your Consultation Appointment
If you have experiences severe gum recession, you may need a gum graft! Call (816) 561-8466 to schedule your consultation appointment today.