Soft tissue grafting is the process of applying a new layer of gingiva over the area that has receded. Like a skin graft that would be used on burn victims, the new tissues are harvested and moved to the location where they are needed. This protects the area underneath and also affects the overall appearance of the teeth.
Have you ever looked into the mirror and noticed that certain teeth are starting to look “longer” than they used to be? Almost as if the tooth is protruding/erupting out of the gums more than it was a few years ago? It turns out that it’s not a problem with your tooth, but actually your gum tissue (gingiva) around it. We call this condition, “gum recession.”
As gums recede, they leave the root surfaces of teeth exposed. This can lead to a number of concerns such as:
Although these concerns may not seem severe at first, untreated gum loss can ultimately result in a gradual deterioration of your overall oral health and potentially lead to loss of the affected teeth. Root surfaces are much weaker and susceptible to infection than the strong enamel that makes up the portion of the tooth that extends above the gum line (the crowns).
When you schedule your AlloDerm® graft consultation at Kiwi Dental, Dr. Nourian will meet with you to discuss what factors may be contributing to your gum recession and/or causing the problems you’re experiencing.
Before placing a graft, it’s important to understand why the gum recession is occurring and take steps to address that issue before scheduling the surgery. For instance, if active periodontal disease is a concern, we will need to complete soft tissue therapy and cleanings before it’s safe to move forward with a graft. Or if aggressive tooth brushing is to blame, we will talk about ways to use lighter pressure and a soft or extra-soft bristle brush. Once we’ve halted the cause of the gum recession, we can move forward with the graft. After all, gum tissues won’t grow back on their own!
Learn more about soft tissue grafting and if it can improve your smile’s health or appearance. Contact Kiwi Dental in Oakville, today to schedule a consultation.
A receding gum line is not always noticeable at first. Dental habits such as grinding your teeth, aggressive brushing, or excessive use of alcohol-based mouthwashes can gradually chip away at your gums over time. A receding gum line can be the result of several different factors. Some of the most common include.
Caring for your surgical site after a gum graft is an important part of how successful it will be. We will provide you with a list of written instructions to follow so that you don’t have to worry about missing something important.
A soft diet is best for the first several days. Avoid anything too hot or hard, as it may injure the surgical site. It’s normal to experience some mild irritation or possible bruising after any surgery. Wait at least two weeks before eating anything with small grains or seeds. We recommend avoiding all tobacco products for as long as possible, as they can delay healing or success of the graft altogether.