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Get to Know the Three Types of Soft Tissue Grafts

Posted on 10/30/2016 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
An elderly woman receiving a dental exam, before her gum graft.
If you are living with gum recession as a result of gum disease, your dentist may recommend gum grafting. When too much of the gums pull away from the teeth, the roots can become exposed. This portion of your teeth isn't meant to be uncovered, and unfortunately, the results could be extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Since the roots aren't protected by enamel, you'll also be at a greater risk for developing decay.

The main goal of grafting is to thicken any existing gum tissue that might still remain or to add gum tissue back to an area where there is none. This can help to cover up the exposed roots and to stop future tissue loss, and your periodontist may recommend one of three different soft tissue grafting options to get the job done:

•  Connective tissue grafting. When the roots or large portions of your teeth are exposed, connective tissue is required to fix the problem. This tissue will be removed from a flap in your mouth to be sutured onto the grafting site.
•  Free gingival grafting. This graft is usually used if your dentist will be thickening existing gum tissue. It is completed by taking off a strip of tissue from the roof of your mouth before stitching it to the affected area. The hope is that it will promote natural growth in the future.
•  Pedicle grafting. This type of gum grafting will involve sharing soft tissue between the affected area and the adjacent gums. Your dentist will partially cut a flap away and move it over to cover the root next door. Since the blood vessels remain in place, the results of these grafts tend to be excellent and long-lasting.

Do you think that grafting might be right for you? Contact our office for a consultation today.

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