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 there is a range of factors that 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, as well as stop any further damage. It not only improves your dental health, but also the aesthetics of your smile.
There are a number of different soft tissue grafting procedures. Dr. Cain will discuss your options and choose the option best suited for your oral health needs. It is important to note, soft tissue grafting can be categorized by autografts and allografts. Soft tissue autograft uses tissue from the mouth and uses it to help repair the gums. Soft tissue allograft uses tissue from an organ donor or animal to help repair the gums.
Soft Tissue Grafting in Knoxville, TN
Before Dr. Cain will perform the 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, it is imperative to first get that serious disease under control before correcting the gums. In doing so, this ensures the longevity of the procedure 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 taken and 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 apply a clear adhesive overall 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 any minor restrictions and good oral hygiene will ensure a healthy and lasting result.
Dr. Cain will give you a special rinse to use 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 other 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 on their own. You should see results in the weeks after surgery. Ultimately, it will take months for your gum line to completely heal.
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 make sure 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.