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Soft Tissue Graft

A soft tissue graft is used when there has been a significant amount of gum recession in a particular area. Slight gum recession can usually be improved with a few changes to your oral hygiene routine to better care for your teeth and gums. In more extreme cases, the gingiva recedes further exposing the root surface, creating a greater risk for infection, bacterial penetration and decay. You may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods when you have receding gums. Gum recession and root exposure can make the teeth look longer than normal and the smile to appear “toothy”. Gum grafting can be done in such a way that the teeth will look shorter, more symmetrical and generally look more cosmetically pleasant.

To restore proper gum level and functionality, a soft tissue graft can be performed. This is done by either removing soft tissue from the roof of the mouth and grafting it to the receded area, or repositioning healthy gum tissue from adjacent teeth. This procedure is very predictable and has a high success rate. This procedure should be performed before more serious problems develop and periodontal surgery is necessary.

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