Soft Tissue AllograftAn Overview
Soft Tissue Allograft surgery helps correct any problem that may arise from a receding gum line. Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth, sometimes resulting in gum and tooth damage, tooth sensitivity, and tooth loss. Soft Tissue Allograft benefits patients that may need to cover an exposed tooth root, improve their gum line, and prevent future oral health problems. Soft tissue allograft may use tissue from a donor or animal to help repair your gums.
Benefits of Soft Tissue Allograft
- Aesthtics: reduces “toothy’ smile and creates an even smile
- Sensitivity: an exposed root can ease tooth sensitivity, making everyday tasks like eating and drinking very uncomfortable. Soft Tissue Allograft minimizes tooth sensitivity.
- Health: Soft Tissue Allograft can protect gums from further deteriorating
The dental hygienist, Ms. Rowell, was wonderful and done an amazing job. I absolutely loved Dr. Cain and his assistant Tina. I will be back again!Aaron B.
I was very impressed with everyone in the office. Dr. Cain spent time with me and I never felt rushed. He explained my options and was very thorough. When I went to check out I was told the only fee was to write a check for $50.00 to one of…Susanna B.
Soft Tissue Allograft What to Expect
Before the grafting procedure, Dr. Cain may need to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums to get rid of any plaque or tartar. The procedure may be done under local anesthetic, depending on the size of the graft.
Dr. Cain uses a highly durable connective tissue graft to ensure the best results for patients. During the procedure, Dr. Cain will cut a piece of skin from the roof of your mouth. Then, tissue from under the flap is removed and stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed root. Stitches will be applied to close the area and prevent shifting from occurring. Once the graft is stitched, a dressing will be applied to protect the stitches for a few weeks.
The first six weeks after surgery are crucial to the healing process. It is important to follow aftercare instructions. You should avoid irritating the gum line with brushing and flossing, so a special rinse will help keep your gums clean and infection free. If necessary, Dr. Cain may also prescribe an antibiotic to guard against infection. If you are in pain, over the counter pain medication will help put you at ease. After your procedure, Dr. Cain will schedule a follow-up visit to remove your stitches if they haven’t dissolved on their own and check your gums during the healing process.