Gum disease is a serious dental condition that can lead to loss of the soft tissues that hold and support your teeth. When you lose gum tissue, your dentist may recommend that you have a soft tissue graft. This procedure is designed to help prevent periodontal complications such as tooth loss.
When Soft Tissue Grafts Are Needed
When you have lost some of your gum tissue, your gumline moves away from the roots of your teeth. Reinforcement of this tissue helps to cover up the exposed roots. It also helps to create an aesthetically pleasing smile. A soft tissue graft may be performed around one or more of your teeth.
How Soft Tissue Grafts Work
In a soft tissue graft surgery, your dentist will use some gum tissue taken from another area in your mouth such as your palate and stitch it over the area where your gums have receded. In some cases, donor gum tissue might be used. Occasionally, the soft tissue graft is accompanied by additional treatments such as antibiotic medications to prevent an infection at the surgical site.
Why Soft Tissue Grafts Are Performed
The grafting of new soft tissue to your gumline helps prevent further recession of your gums. By halting gums from receding, the procedure may help to prevent complications of the periodontal disease such as loose teeth. Having a soft tissue graft completed may also help protect you against the loss of bone mass in your jaw, which could lead to the loss of your teeth. The soft tissue grafts also cover the sensitive areas of your tooth roots.
Contact the dental practice of Joshua Ignatowicz, DMD today to learn more about soft tissue grafts for the treatment of periodontitis.