Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth, exposing the tooth root and causing gaps between the gums and the tooth. This is an invitation for disease causing bacteria to invade and build up. That can easily result in gum and tooth damage, tooth sensitivity, and even tooth loss. There are many causes of gum recession including periodontal disease, vigorous brushing, using a tooth brush with bristles that are too hard, or from inherited factors such as gum thickness.
Most people may not even realize their gums are receding. Some people may experience tooth sensitivity to hot and cold due to exposed tooth roots. If you do notice it, you may be worried how it affects your smile as the tooth appears longer and the space between your teeth widens.
If you suffer some severe gum recession, Dr. Robert Cain will utilize the Soft Tissue Allograft surgery to help correct any problem that may arise from a receding gum line. 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. This simple, surgical procedure can be done on one tooth or several teeth. It will also help prevent your gums from further recession.
Before Soft Tissue Allograft Treatment
After Soft Tissue Allograft Treatment
Benefits of Soft Tissue Allograft
Aesthetics: 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. Dr. Cain will give you a special rinse to use instead and it 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.
Soft Tissue Allograft Surgery is a less intrusive and more effective way of solving any problems that arise from a receding gum line. It also helps minimize pain associated with an exposed tooth root. It even helps patients who are looking to improve the overall aesthetic of their gums.
We offer a variety of sedation options so that patients can feel relaxed and comfortable during their procedure.
Why choose East Tennessee Periodontics, LLC?
Dr. Robert Cain is a highly trained and experienced periodontist serving Knoxville, TN and many communities of the Hardin Valley. Dr. Cain offers comprehensive periodontics, periodontal surgeries, cosmetic treatments and short term orthodontics for addressing a wide range of concerns. We also provide second opinions for periodontics and dental implants which include a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health, occlusal function, and diagnostics.