Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment Dr. Mangelson can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem. Once these contributing factors are controlled, a soft tissue graft procedure will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.
Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue due to excessive gingival recession. During this procedure, Dr. Mangelson carefully selects gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.
What are the benefits of this procedure? A soft tissue graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. Root surfaces are more vulnerable to decay.Soft tissue grafting can cover exposed roots to protect them from decaying. It also helps to reduce tooth sensitivity and improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Sometimes when you lose one or more teeth, you can get an indention in the area where the tooth used to be. This happens because the bone naturally recedes when it no longer is supporting a tooth. In that case, Dr. Mangelson may suggest that ridge augmentation be performed whereby a gum graft is used in conjuction with the soft tissue graft so that there is more bone support for the restorative replacement and so that an optimal esthetic result can occur.