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A soft tissue graft, also called a gum graft, is a graft of gingival tissue. A gum graft may be needed to correct gingival recession or to improve the appearance of an uneven gum line. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons can provide you with gingival grafting to help you regain healthy gum tissue and enjoy a beautiful smile once again. Call today to make your appointment with one of our surgeons and to learn more about gingival grafting.
Gum recession can be caused by periodontal disease, overly aggressive brushing, or other factors. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons may recommend a soft tissue graft if you have experienced a gingival recession. When not treated with a gingival graft, gum recession may eventually lead to tooth loss due to lack of support from the gum tissues. A gum graft can also improve the appearance of your smile.
Gum Graft Procedure
During the gum grafting procedure, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon stitch grafting tissue onto the area of the gums that needs additional tissue. Based on your particular needs and desires, the tissue graft may be taken from another area of your mouth or from a tissue bank. When using your own tissues, the graft may be taken from the roof of the mouth or from the surrounding gums. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will help you determine which type of gum graft is best suited to your individual needs. In some cases, we may also use tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage your body’s natural growth abilities and promote faster healing.
To learn more about how soft tissue grafting can improve the health and beauty of your smile, we welcome you to contact our office today.