A soft tissue graft, also called a gum graft, is a graft of gingival tissue. A gum graft may be needed to correct gingival recession, protect the tooth roots and underlying bone, and improve the appearance of the gum tissue.
Based on your particular needs and desires, the tissue graft may be taken from another area of your mouth or from a tissue bank. When using your own tissues, the graft may be taken from the roof of the mouth or from the surrounding gums. In some cases, we may also use tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage your body’s natural growth abilities and promote faster healing.
Our periodontists may recommend a soft tissue graft if you have experienced gingival recession from brushing too hard or if you have recession after or during the process of orthodontic treatment. If not treated with a gingival graft, gum recession may eventually lead to tooth loss due to lack of support. A gum graft can also improve the appearance of your smile and reduce sensitivity. To learn more about how soft tissue grafting can improve the health and beauty of your smile, we welcome you to contact our office today.