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Soft Tissue Grafts

Soft Tissue Grafts

Gums can recede due to a number of reasons. It could occur due to untreated gum disease, improper tooth brushing technique, or due to removal of neighbouring teeth all of which will cause the gum line to recede. As a result the tooth root is visible and the teeth appear longer. The root also has open dentinal tubules (nerve endings) which if exposed will cause hypersensitivity and also makes the tooth vulnerable to infection. Also during Implant therapy sometimes there is sufficient bone but there may not be enough gum and soft tissue. A Soft tissue graft will correct all these problems as well as prevent any further recession.

Why Are My Gums Receding?

Your gums can start to recede because of the following reasons:

  • Gum Disease – Infections in the gum will affect the tissue and bone that holds your teeth in their place. Gum disease is the main reason why gums recede.
  • Incorrect Tooth Brushing – If your brushing technique is incorrectly or you brush your teeth too hard you can cause trauma to the gum and as a result they can recede. Incorrect brushing will also wear your teeth and expose root surfaces.
  • Poor Dental Hygiene – If Oral hygiene practices like proper brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash are not adhered to then this can lead to accumulation of plaque (which mainly consists of bacteria) which in turn can also lead to gum recession.
  • Hormonal Changes – During pregnancy, there is an increased risk of gum inflammation and thus pregnant women are at a higher risk of gum loss and sensitivity.

At Crescent Dental we offer multiple types of soft tissue grafts including free Gingival Grafts / Connective Tissue Grafts / Pedicle Grafts, Guided Tissue Regeneration, Gingivectomy and Gingivoplasty and a Frenectomy.

Free Gingival Graft/Connective Tissue Graft/Pedicle Graft

These types of grafts involve taking of soft tissue either from another part of the mouth (usually the palate) or from an in vitro (out side the body) collagen source, which is stitched either on the exposed roots or under the existing gums at the site of recession. This increases the thickness of the gum tissue. It also protects exposed tooth roots. The donor site is also stitched back and allowed to heal. A pedicle graft on the other hand involves gum tissue to be harvested from the adjacent tooth. A flap from the adjacent tooth is slightly moved to the site of the recession to cover the exposed root and is stichted there. Both the sites are left to heal then

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Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR)

In this procedure we use a collagen membrane along with the use of a special get matrix to encourage new gum tussue regeneration. Tooth roots effected by recession or periodontal disease need to be made disease free by extensive cleaning. Then the gel is applied to the problem tooth root that will stimulate the growth of tissue and bone matter. This makes your body think a new tooth is growing. Another treatment involves your dentist surgically inserting compatible material in-between the tooth and bone. This promotes bone growth.

Gingivectomy and Gingivoplasty

This procedure is used to reshape gum tissue. Sometimes gums can overgrow making the teeth look smaller that they are. With gingivectomy and gingivoplasty, the gums are recontoured to restore the appropriate proportions of tooth and gums.

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