Cosmetic Tissue Grafting

Cosmetic Tissue Grafting at  A specialist at Plymouth at Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery, in Plymouth, MIThe appearance of your smile is important. It is the first impression you leave with others, and it can make or break their first opinions about you. Your teeth are a major contributing factor to the quality of your smile, but they are not the only factor. In addition to your teeth, your gums also play a crucial role. When you have suffered gum recession, the quality of your smile can significantly decrease and can impact your self-confidence. If gum recession has affected your smile, Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery can help with a cosmetic tissue graft.

What Causes Gum Recession?

There are multiple issues that can lead to gum recession, including:
;Gum disease. When you have gum disease, plaque and bacteria irritate your gums, causing inflammation. This inflammation causes the tissue to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria collect in these pockets, causing them to become deeper. Eventually, the infected tissue begins to die off, causing recession.
;Aggressive brushing. Brushing too hard can wear away delicate gum tissue.
;Tobacco products. Cigarettes and other tobacco products contain numerous harmful chemicals that can irritate your gum tissue. Additionally, the chemicals limit oxygen in the blood and slow blood flow, slowing the delivery of essential nutrients.
;Bruxism. This is a condition in which your grind and clench your teeth. Bruxism can wear away gum tissue.
;Age. As you get older, your gums naturally begin to recede.]]] ]]]

Cosmetic Tissue Grafting

Cosmetic tissue grafting, or gum grafting, is a surgical procedure that is designed to restore a healthy, natural gum line following gum recession. With your gum line restored, the quality of your smile is greatly improved. A cosmetic tissue graft involves taking tissue from another area of your mouth, generally the roof, or from a compatible donor and suturing it over the affected teeth. As you heal, the tissues fuse together to restore a healthy, beautiful smile.

Types of Grafts Used for Cosmetic Tissue Grafting

There are a few different types of grafts that may be used for a cosmetic tissue graft.
•  Connective tissue graft. A connective tissue graft uses tissue taken from under the surface of your palate. We create a small incision in the roof of your mouth and remove tissue from underneath.
•  Free gingival graft. A free gingival graft uses tissue taken directly from the roof of your mouth, leaving a larger, open wound. This type of graft is used when more keratinized tissue is needed.
•  Pedicle graft. A pedicle graft uses your surrounding gum tissue to cover over recessed areas. Incisions are made in the gums, and the tissue is rearranged. The major benefit of this type of graft is that the blood vessels are left intact, which aids in faster healing.

The Benefits of Cosmetic Tissue Grafting

The major benefit to cosmetic tissue grafting is that the appearance of your smile, and your confidence, is restored. These types of grafts also provide several other benefits as well.
•  Your oral health is improved.
•  Tooth sensitivity is alleviated.
•  A cosmetic tissue graft can halt further gum loss as well as prevent bone loss.

If the quality of your smile and your confidence are suffering because of gum recession, you may be a candidate for a cosmetic tissue graft. Call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery at (734) 455-0710 today to schedule your consultation.


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