Soft Tissue Grafting is usually performed to stop the progression of receding gums. Periodontal disease and over-brushing are common causes of gum recession, although a range of factors can cause the gum line to recede. This can often lead to an exposed tooth root which causes pain, tooth sensitivity, and even tooth decay. Gum recession can even lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
Soft tissue grafting aims to cover the exposed root and stop further damage. It improves not only your dental health but also the aesthetics of your smile. Soft tissue autograft uses tissue from the mouth to help repair the gums. An allograft uses organ donor or animal tissue to help repair the gums.
There are several different soft tissue grafting procedures. Dr. Cain will discuss your options and choose the best option for your oral health needs. It is important to note that soft tissue grafting can be categorized into autografts and allografts.
Soft Tissue Grafting in Knoxville, TN
Before Dr. Cain performs soft tissue grafting, he will first want to identify the cause of the gum recession and treat it. For example, if you are suffering from periodontal disease, you must first get that serious disease under control before correcting the gums. Doing so ensures the procedure’s longevity and creates a healthy environment for the gums to heal properly.
At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Cain will clean and treat the exposed root with an antibiotic. Then he will create a pocket over the recession by making a small incision. Next, he will make a small incision at the top of the mouth (your palette) and remove a piece of connective gum tissue.
This excised piece of gum tissue is placed into the pocket created by the first incision and will be repositioned to cover the exposed root. Dr. Cain will carefully apply sutures to the necessary areas and a clear adhesive to protect the graft.
Soft Tissue Grafting Aftercare
After the procedure, Dr. Cain will thoroughly explain any aftercare instruction you may need and how long your gums will need to heal completely. Adhering to minor restrictions and good oral hygiene will ensure a healthy and lasting result.
Dr. Cain will give you a special rinse to keep your gums clean and infection-free. This is to be used instead of brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing will irritate the gum line and possibly undo the procedure. He may also prescribe an antibiotic to prevent an 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.
We encourage patients to maintain their results with regular dental care and any personalized advice or tips our staff may provide for their unique health concerns.
Soft Tissue Grafting FAQs
How long will recovery from soft tissue grafting take?
There may be swelling during the first few days after surgery. If necessary, the sutures will need to be removed if they don’t dissolve independently. You should see results in the weeks after surgery. Ultimately, it will take months for your gum line to heal completely.
Am I a good candidate for soft tissue grafting?
You may be a good candidate if you have a receding gum line. However, Dr. Cain will examine your teeth to ensure you are a good candidate for this surgery.
Why would I need soft tissue grafting?
Usually, patients complain about hypersensitivity and problems associated with an exposed root. Soft tissue graft surgery can help minimize problems associated with hypersensitivity and an exposed root.