Gum disease, the aging process, aggressive brushing, dental trauma and other conditions can lead to significant gum recession. A receding gumline can be a cosmetic issue, but it is also a dental health issue. As more tooth root is exposed, you may be more likely to experience sensitivity. Your tooth roots will also be more susceptible to decay. If you suffer from gum recession, our San Pedro soft tissue grafting expert may recommend a graft.
A soft tissue graft is designed to restore the lost gum tissue, prevent future tissue loss, strengthen the remaining tissue and cover the exposed root. Several types of soft tissue grafts are available. The free gingival graft uses tissue from your own body to promote natural growth of gum tissues. A connective tissue graft is generally used to cover larger areas and is generally the preferred method for protecting exposed roots. The pedicle graft shifts tissue from adjacent gums, which allows for the preservation of the blood vessels in the area.
San Pedro Soft Tissue Grafting
Gum grafts are a versatile procedure that can improve your overall comfort, your smile’s health and the aesthetics of your smile. If you are a candidate for a soft tissue graft, our expert in soft tissue grafting in San Pedro may first recommend a scaling and root planing, or SRP. An SRP is designed to eliminate plaque and tartar buildup above and below the gumline while smoothing the roots to improve gum adherence. Once your SRP has been completed, the soft tissue graft can be performed. A small pocket will be made that will support the donor tissue. Growth factors and tissue-stimulating proteins may be applied to the site to promote healing and tissue growth.
After your soft tissue graft, our San Pedro soft tissue grafting expert will provide you with instructions to keep the area clean and healthy and to encourage tissue growth. Medications may be prescribed to reduce your discomfort and your risk of infection. Follow after-care instructions to reduce your risk of complications.
Contact our expert in soft tissue grafting in San Pedro today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
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