Connective Tissue Grafting
Gum recession is a serious oral health problem. It is frequently caused by gum disease, occurring in the more advanced stages. When bacteria irritate the gums, the tissue swells, and pockets form. Bacteria gets trapped below the gumline, continuing to attack the gums along with the periodontal ligaments and jawbone. Eventually, the infected tissue begins to die, and the gumline recedes. Gum recession can also occur as a result of aggressive brushing, bruxism, and more. When it happens, more surface area of your teeth becomes exposed, increasing your risk of tooth decay. The roots may become exposed, which can lead to severe tooth sensitivity. The stability of your teeth may also be compromised. The quality of your smile is affected, and your confidence may be as well. At Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery, we can perform a soft tissue graft to restore your oral health and the aesthetics of your smile. There are a few different types of soft tissue grafts, the most common being the connective tissue graft.
What Is a Connective Tissue Graft?
A connective tissue graft is a type of soft tissue graft. A soft tissue graft is a surgical procedure performed to restore your healthy, beautiful gumline. The procedure involves taking tissue from your mouth and suturing it into place over the affected areas of the mouth. A connective tissue graft takes tissue from under a small flap that is created in the palate and is used to aid in root coverage. One the tissue is sutured into place on the gums, the small incision in the roof of the mouth is sutured closed as well.
What Are the Benefits of a Connective Tissue Graft?
There are numerous benefits to a connective tissue graft, including:
Am I a Candidate?
Candidates for a connective tissue grafting have experienced damage to the gum tissue, quite often as a result of gum disease. You may be experiencing significant tooth sensitivity, due to root exposure. You may also notice significant recession when you look at your mouth in the mirror. With an in-depth consultation, we can help to determine if a connective tissue graft is the best solution for your needs.
A connective tissue graft restores as more natural looking gumline, giving you back your smile and protecting your oral health in the process. Call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral and Facial Surgery at (734) 455-0710 today for more information and to schedule your consultation.