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What is Soft-Tissue Grafting?
Posted on 11/21/2022 by Dr. Michael Allard
Gum tissue and bone are required for a healthy mouth and the stability of dental implants. Gums or soft tissue that are healthy operate as a shield. This barrier keeps harmful bacteria out of the mouth and lessens the effects of normal activities such as chewing and brushing the teeth.
Tooth loss and implant failure can be caused by gum disease and a lack of bone or hard tissue. As a result, you may have sensitive teeth or a receding gum line, which makes your smile appear unappealing. The disorder can lead to the failure of dental implants or the early loss of teeth. Gum tissue or soft tissue is frequently removed and surgically transferred from one part of the mouth to another. Donor tissue is a portion of gum that is removed during surgery. The recipient site is the surgical place where the gum tissue will be implanted.
Why do I need a Soft Tissue Graft?
A soft-tissue grafting procedure may be recommended by a dentist to improve the appearance of the gums around a lost tooth. When teeth are lost, soft-tissue grafting can be used to produce extra gum tissue to support dentures. Soft-tissue grafts are sometimes used to increase gum tissue in areas of the mouth that do not support teeth directly, such as the floor of the mouth (behind the tongue) or the cheeks.
A variety of causes can render soft tissue unsuitable, including periodontal disease, the vigorous or forceful brushing of teeth, traumatic injuries to the teeth, previous dental surgeries or extractions, and the loss of teeth at an early age.
Soft-tissue grafts can be extracted from nearby gum tissue, from the root of the mouth, or from the acellular dental matrix. Soft tissue grafts can either be performed independently or be performed together with other procedures. However, patients that have diabetes or that smoke might struggle to heal. Find out more by reaching out to our oral and maxillofacial surgeon.