Soft tissue grafts are used to help patients with gum disease or for those that want to improve how their gumline looks. They can also be used to cover exposed tooth roots. At Think Oral Implants and Periodontics, Dr. Ting offers a variety of soft tissue grafts for different oral health situations. Ultimately, exposed tooth roots are a result of gum recession due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or other factors. Never ignore gum recession as they can lead to loose or separating teeth or even tooth loss.
Restoring receding gums with soft tissue grafts
We offer different kinds of soft tissues, including:
- Keratinized graft: This tissue is removed from the roof of your mouth and stitched to where the graft is needed. This helps promote natural growth and is used where tissue needs to be thickened.
- Pedicle graft: This is needed to share soft tissue between a treatment site and the gumline. The gums are flipped and moved to cover a exposed tooth root. This helps promote quicker healing.
- Connective tissue graft: This tissue is removed from a small flap in a patient’s mouth and stitched to the area being grafted.
Dr. Ting uses different techniques depending on the needs of the patient. He may also use tissue from a tissue back, which eliminates the risk of graft rejection. The pita pocket-like flap he uses repositions gum tissues and covers exposed roots, which reduces sensitivity and pain in patients of all ages.
Learn how gum surgery can improve your oral health
When you want to learn more about soft tissue grafts, schedule a consultation with our professional dental team by calling 610-550-3333. During a consultation, we can answer any questions you may have about gum grafting. We serve patients in Paoli, Malvern, Berwyn, and the surrounding Pennsylvania communities with advanced periodontal procedures and dental implant treatments.