Soft tissue grafting (also called gum grafting) is performed to correct unevenness and restore alignment to the gums. Trauma and periodontal disease can sometimes cause gum recession, resulting in a patient’s tooth looking unattractive and long. Soft tissue grafting is a surgical procedure that is performed to rebuild the lost gingival tissue. It is not needed in all situations involving soft tissue recession. Dr. Wiland will be able to tell you if soft tissue grafting is needed in your particular case.
A soft tissue graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of gingival tissue around the tooth. It covers the exposed root surface and improves the appearance of the tooth. The treatment time is about 1 hour or less. Sedation can always be used to make the experience very relaxing. Many people do not even remember being at the dentist. Pain is very minimal.
Dr. Wiland moves some gum from along the side of the top of the mouth and uses this tissue to build up the deficient area. Newer surgical techniques result in the top of the mouth having a small wound making the procedure more comfortable than methods. Additional before and after photographs may be seen in the photo gallery.
Bruce B. Wiland, DDS, MSD is board certified in the specialty of periodontics which includes the placement of dental implants. Other services include laser periodontal therapy, esthetic tissue contouring and nonsurgical treatment.
Sedation is always available to relieve apprehension.
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