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Why Do Soft Tissue Grafting for Gum Recession?

Posted on 7/10/2023 by Kenneth D. Parrish, DMD, PhD
Why Do Soft Tissue Grafting for Gum Recession?Gum recession is one of the common dental problems that many people face. It is a problem whereby the gum tissue is gradually lost. If left untreated, gum recession can expose the tooth root. It can, in turn, in the long term, cause tooth loss. The article explores one of the most effective methods of treating gum recession: soft tissue grafting.

What is soft Tissue Grafting?

Soft tissue grafting is whereby the dentist takes some gum tissue from one part of the gum to the other to cover the part of your exposed root canal. The transplanted tissue also helps stimulate the growth of new gum tissue.

What are the Benefits of Soft Tissue Grafting?

The main benefit of soft tissue grafting is that it helps ensure that your tooth canal is covered and also helps stimulate gum tissue growth. Also, it has other benefits such as;

Improving your Appearance

The main effect of gum recession is ruining your appearance. It makes your teeth appear longer than they are and creates gaps between your teeth. Soft tissue grafting ensures that your smile is aesthetically pleasing as it helps cover your exposed tooth roots and fills the gaps between your teeth.

Reducing Sensitivity

When your teeth roots are exposed, your teeth become sensitive, especially to hot and cold foods or drinks. When the dentist covers these exposed roots and you have healthy gum, the teeth are no longer sensitive to such foods and drinks.

Prevents Further Recession

The most significant benefit of soft tissue grafting is that it thickens and strengthens your gum tissue. It helps prevent your gums from receding, further exposing your tooth roots.

In summary, soft tissue grafting is a beneficial option for you. Consult your dentist to know whether soft tissue grafting is a viable treatment option.

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