A soft tissue graft to cover the exposed roots of your teeth might sound like an elective cosmetic fix, but the results have major benefits for your oral health. At East Village Dental Center in East Village, New York City, the team often recommends soft tissue grafts to prevent you from losing a tooth entirely. To find out if a soft tissue graft is necessary for you, call East Village Dental Center or book an appointment online today.
A soft tissue graft is a periodontal procedure that your dentist may recommend to cover your exposed tooth roots. If you see that your teeth appear to be getting longer, it’s a good indication that your gums are receding and that a soft tissue graft may be necessary.
During the soft tissue graft procedure, your dentist removes a sample of gum tissue from the roof of your mouth. They treat and sterilize the tissue to minimize your chances of rejecting it from its new position or getting an infection.
Meanwhile, they make an incision in your gums near your exposed tooth root. They take the prepared tissue graft and use it to cover the exposed root. They stitch it into its new place where it attaches to your tooth and fuses with the other gum tissue in the area.
You might need a soft tissue graft if the roots of your teeth are becoming exposed as your gum line recedes. Receding gums indicate that you’ve lost some bone around your tooth. If this process continues without intervention from your dentist, you’ll keep losing bone, and eventually, your teeth could fall out.
Not everyone with receding gums chooses to get soft tissue graft surgery. However, the procedure reduces your chances of losing your teeth and experiencing further damage to your gums. Furthermore, getting soft tissue grafts improves the look of your smile and makes your teeth appear more uniform.
After your consultation regarding your upcoming soft tissue graft, your dentist at East Village Dental Center gives you instructions for how to prepare leading up to the surgery. They may ask that you:
As you can tell, there are surprisingly few steps required for preparation before a soft tissue graft. You’ll be able to go right home after the procedure, but you’ll want to take the rest of the day off from work.
To find out if a soft tissue graft could benefit your oral health, call East Village Dental Center or reserve an appointment online today.