Soft Tissue Grafting

Soft Tissue Grafting at Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery 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.
•  Gum disease. This is the most common cause of gum recession. When bacteria irritate the tissue, it swells and pulls away from the teeth, creating pockets that capture bacteria inside. The bacteria continue attacking the gums, along with the periodontal ligaments. Eventually, the infected tissue then begins to die.
•  Bruxism. Grinding and clenching the teeth can cause recession.
•  Aggressive brushing. Brushing too hard can wear away at the sensitive gum tissue.
•  Smoking. Cigarettes and other tobacco products slow the blood flow, which slows the delivery of nutrients and limits oxygen in the bloodstream.
•  Age. Your gums often naturally recede as you get older.

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.
•  Connective tissue. This graft uses tissue from under a small flap created in the palate. It is often used in cases where root coverage is necessary.
•  Free gingival. This type of graft also uses tissue from the roof of the mouth, but it is taken directly from this area, leaving a larger open wound. It is used when keratinized, or harder, the tissue is necessary.
•  Pedicle. A pedicle graft uses tissue from your surrounding gums. We create incisions and rearrange the tissues. This type of graft helps to maintain blood flow, which can often result in faster healing.

What Are the Benefits of Soft Tissue Grafting?

Soft tissue grafting has several benefits.
•  Your natural gumline is restored, giving you back your smile, as well as your confidence.
•  Your oral health is improved.
•  The roots of your teeth are covered, eliminating tooth sensitivity.

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.


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