Soft tissue grafting is a periodontal procedure that is used for the treatment of moderate to advanced gum disease. The goal of a soft tissue graft is to restore the ideal amount of soft tissue around your teeth roots. This surgical dental procedure should help reduce your risk of tooth and bone loss.
What Soft Tissue Grafting Is Used For
Soft tissue grafting is used for correcting lost gum tissue. If your gum tissue has receded and exposed the roots of your teeth, you are at risk of tooth loss and loss of mass of your jaw bones. Undergoing the grafting procedure helps your soft tissue to grow back, which protects your teeth and jaw.
How a Soft Tissue Graft Works
To perform a soft tissue graft, your dentist will remove some tissue from the roof of your mouth. This flap of tissue is stitched onto your receded gums and around the tooth’s root. If your own tissue cannot be used, your dentist might use donor tissue from a tissue bank. In some cases, a protein-stimulating drug is applied to your gum tissue to further enhance the growth of soft tissue around your teeth.
What to Expect After a Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure
If you had a sedative for the soft tissue grafting, you will feel sleepy for a few hours and will need someone to drive your home. Your dentist will advise you on oral hygiene, such as whether to floss the teeth near the surgical site. You will use a mouth rinse to minimize plaque as your soft tissue grows. A soft foods diet is recommended for two weeks after soft tissue grafting.
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