Soft Tissue Grafting Torrance CA

Soft Tissue Grafting

Soft Tissue Grafting Torrance, CA

If you’ve been recommended as needing soft tissue grafting by your dentist don’t be alarmed. Soft tissue grafting is a beneficial procedure that protects teeth from the negative effects of receding gums, and is not as scary as it sounds. At Dentist of Torrance, our expert periodontists are here to help.

What is Soft Tissue Grafting?

Soft tissue grafting is a procedure performed to stop gum recession. The most common reasons for gum recession are periodontal disease, over brushing your teeth, gum trauma, ill-positioned teeth, and aging. When a soft tissue graft is performed, exposed teeth roots are covered or existing gum tissue is thickened, reinforcing the gum line and preventing further tissue recession.

Why May I Need Soft Tissue Grafting?

A soft tissue graft is highly recommended if teeth roots are exposed or if your teeth roots are at risk of exposure. Soft tissue grafting regenerates or regrows the gum tissue you’ve lost, providing a number of benefits:

Soft Tissue Grafting Torrance CA
Soft Tissue Grafting Torrance CA

Enhanced Comfort

Root exposure due to gum recession can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort, making it a joyless task to eat hot and cold foods. After soft tissue grafting is done, roots are covered, decreasing your sensitivity and restoring the gum’s health in the affected area.

Enhanced Smile

Exposed roots make your teeth appear longer, potentially making your teeth (and smile) look uneven or leading to a “toothy” grin. Tooth decay can also be seen more prevalently, noticeably altering the aesthetic appearance of your smile. A soft tissue graft re-establishes the gum line, leaving you with a more symmetrical smile.

Enhanced Gum Health

Soft tissue grafting can stop bone and tissue loss that accompanies periodontal disease along with protecting exposed roots from additional complications like bacteria and infection; this results in healthier gums.

What Happens During a Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure?

There are three types of soft tissue graft procedures. The method used during your procedure will be based on your individual needs.

Free Gingival Graft

This type of graft involves using a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth on the exposed area to promote natural gum growth. It is usually performed to reinforce or thicken existing gum tissue and is often used on patients with thin gums.

Connective Tissue Graft

The most common grafting procedure, it uses tissue from the mouth to cover exposed tooth roots. This method produces an aesthetically pleasing look, as the surrounding tissue blends well with the grafted tissue and can alleviate sensitivity.

Pedicle Graft

During this procedure, soft tissue is shared between the affected area and adjacent gums, leaving blood vessels intact, providing excellent results. It is typically used for patients with less severe gum recession or patients with a large amount of gum tissue in the area.

Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure Torrance CA

What Should I Expect After Soft Tissue Grafting?

Soft tissue grafting procedures are usually less than two hours. If you decide to use general anesthesia, you may need to arrange a ride home. If no anesthesia is used, you may be able to leave shortly after the procedure is complete.

Recovering from a soft tissue graft can take anywhere from one to two weeks. At Dentist of Torrance, we will provide you with specific instructions concerning what to eat, how much physical activity is okay, and medications to guarantee smooth recovery. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

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