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3 Facts About Soft Tissue Grafts

Posted August 4, 2015

Gum recession, a process in which gum tissue that surrounds the teeth pull away from a tooth, exposing the roots. If left untreated, your dentist may recommend surgery to repair the damage. Often times, your dentist will tell you a gum graft is needed. Don’t panic, our team is going to give you the facts first.

Soft tissue grafts are also known as connective-tissue grafts

A connective-tissue graft is a common procedure used to treat root exposure. In this procedure, a piece of skin is cut from the roof of your mouth, where tissue will be removed from. Once the tissue is removed, it is then stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed tooth’s root. The skin from the roof is also stitched back to its original place.

Your insurance can help

Cost plays a big role in any dental or medical procedure, we know that. Thankfully, many dental insurance providers will pay a portion of the cost for your soft tissue graft procedure. If you aren’t sure if your insurance company covers this procedure, it may be a good idea to speak with a representative as well as your dentist.

Soft tissue grafts don’t guarantee future damage

Soft tissue grafts are effective in treating gum recession and preventing further damage, however there is no guarantee that problems won’t develop again in the future. It’s important to have regular dental checkups, brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eating well and not smoke.

By practicing healthy habits, you can ensure your soft tissue gum graft for years to come. Call our office today with any of your questions of concerns at 508-790-8300!