Soft Tissue Graft
Periodontal techniques are performed by a periodontist to improve dental problems such as gum recession and improve the aesthetic appeal of your gum line.
Gum recession exposes tooth roots, causes teeth to appear overly long and leaves roots vulnerable to temperature and touch. Gum recession is a result of excess, rough tooth brushing or periodontal disease and can be remedied with a soft tissue graft procedure.
Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or foster gum tissue growth in the event that gingivitis (mild periodontitis) or advanced gum disease has exposed gum and supporting tissues of the teeth. During this procedure, your periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate (or other donor source) to spread over the exposed root.
Not only can a soft tissue graft cover exposed roots vulnerable to decay, but can also reduce further gum recession and jaw bone loss. Soft tissue grafts as gum disease surgery reduce tooth sensitivity and enhance the appearance of the patient's gum line.
If you have already suffered from tooth loss due to periodontal disease, your periodontist may suggest dental implants (permanent tooth replacement). A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is fitted by your periodontist into your jaw to support a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are recommended for patients in otherwise good oral health but have lost a tooth because of periodontal (gum) disease.