If you’re living with gingivitis or periodontitis and it results in loose teeth or noticeable gum recession, consider a soft tissue graft. This safe, outpatient procedure can preserve your gums and lower your risk of tooth and bone loss. At Pure Health Dental, with six convenient locations in Bucyrus, Cuyahoga Falls, Garfield Heights, Seven Hills, Maple Heights, and Fairview Park, Ohio, the team regularly performs soft tissue graft procedures on-site. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the nearest office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff today.
A soft tissue graft is a type of periodontal disease treatment used to address damaged or receding gums. Gum recession is a common problem that affects between 4-12% of adults. However, without early intervention and treatment, it increases your risk of tooth loss and other potentially serious issues.
A soft tissue graft can safely restore your gum tissue to its near-original condition. In addition, it can prevent tooth sensitivity while boosting your confidence and self-esteem.
At Pure Health Dental, the team offers several types of soft tissue grafts, including:
If you have exposed tooth roots, the team might recommend a connective-tissue graft. During this type of treatment, your provider carefully cuts a flap skin at the roof of your mouth. Afterward, they remove a piece of tissue from underneath called the subepithelial connective tissue.
Your provider places the piece of tissue around an area of receding or damaged gums.
A free gingival graft is very similar to a connective-tissue graft. The only difference is that the piece of skin directly from the roof of your mouth, instead of the tissue from underneath.
The team at Pure Health Dental regularly uses free gingival grafts to treat people with naturally thin gums as well as those with severe cases of gum recession.
To receive a pedicle graft, you need lots of healthy gum tissue. During a pedicle graft, your provider takes a piece of gum tissue from another area of your mouth. The tissue is stretched around one or several teeth. Your provider then covers the exposed tooth roots and stitches the graft in place.
The type of soft tissue graft that will most benefit you depends on the severity of your gum disease, as well as your age and oral health history. Following a comprehensive oral exam and a discussion of your symptoms and goals for treatment, the team at Pure Health Dental can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your needs.
To learn more about the benefits of a soft tissue graft, schedule an appointment at Pure Health Dental. Book a consultation online or call the nearest office to speak with a friendly administrative staff member today.