Exposed tooth roots are usually the result of gingival recession due to periodontal disease or over-zealous brushing. Soft tissue, or gum grafting uses tissue from the patient, a tissue bank, or synthetic material to replace what was lost or missing.
Reasons for soft tissue grafting
Reduced sensitivity – When the tooth's root becomes exposed, eating or drinking hot or cold foods, or even the act of brushing, may cause extreme sensitivity. Gum grafting surgery permanently covers the exposed root, helps reduce discomfort, and restores the good health of the gums.
Improved appearance – Gum recession and root exposure can make the teeth look longer than normal and the smile to appear “toothy.” In most cases gum grafting can make the teeth look shorter, more symmetrical and generally more pleasing to look at. In addition, adjacent tissue can be enhanced and augmented during the procedure for aesthetic purposes.
Improved gum health – Periodontal disease can progress and destroy gum tissue very rapidly. If left untreated, a large amount of gum tissue can be lost in a short period of time. Gum grafting can help halt tissue and bone loss, preventing further problems and protecting exposed roots from decay.
If you have any questions about gum grafting, please ask us.