Soft tissue grafting can be utilized to stop gum recession, prevent root surface decay, stop root sesitivity and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line. Your gums may have receeded for a variety of reasons, including agressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment Dr. FitzPatrick will help you identify the factors contributing to the problem. Once these factors are controlled, a plastic procedure called a soft tissue graft may be indicated to correct the defect, and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.
During these procedures, Dr. FitzPatrick takes gum tissue from the palate or another donor source to cover an exposed tooth root, or build up existing weak gum tissue around a tooth or implant to make it stronger.
Both hard and soft tissue grafts are commonly employed to build up an area of deficient ridge, previously occupied by a natural tooth in order to improve the appearance of the replacement tooth.