Soft Tissue Grafting
When you think about a healthy, beautiful smile, what comes to mind? If you are like most people, your mind instantly goes to the condition of your teeth. How straight are they? Are they white? Do they have any imperfections in them? While healthy teeth are an integral part of a beautiful smile, they are not the only one. The health of your gum tissue is just as important. Not only do they aid in giving you a perfect smile, but the gums are also essential for protecting the roots of your teeth, and your jawbone, from bacteria. They also help to provide additional support for your teeth. When your gums recede, your appearance and your oral health are compromised. At Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery, we can restore recessed gum tissue with soft tissue grafting.
What Causes Gums to Recede?
Gum recession can be the result of one of many different issues.
What Is Soft Tissue Grafting?
A soft tissue graft is a surgical procedure that is performed to restore a healthy, natural gum line following gum recession. In most cases, we take tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and then suture it into place over the affected areas. Using your tissue is preferable, but there are some instances when donor tissue or regenerative materials may need to be used. A thorough consultation will help us to determine the best course of action for you.
We begin your procedure with a local anesthetic, as well as sedation. We then make incisions in the donor site, (the site where your graft tissue is taken from), and remove the tissue. This tissue is then sutured into place at your gums. Over time, as you heal, the tissues grow together, and form a tight, protective seal around your teeth, restoring your oral health and the appearance of your smile.
Types of Soft Tissue Grafts
There are a few different types of soft tissue grafts.
What Are the Benefits of Soft Tissue Grafting?
Soft tissue grafting has several benefits.
By restoring your recessed gum tissue, we can help improve your smile as well as your oral health. Call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral and Facial Surgery at (734) 455-0710 for more information and to schedule your consultation today.