A soft tissue graft is a surgical procedure to build up your existing gum tissue. The experienced team at 286 Madison Dental in Midtown, Manhattan, provides safe and effective tissue grafts. There’s no need to live with heightened tooth sensitivity or other problems related to gum loss. Schedule an appointment online or call the New York City office today to learn more.
A soft tissue graft, or gum graft, is needed to replace gum tissue that has receded or worn away. The most common reason for these changes in your gum tissue is untreated gum disease.
You may not notice your gums are receding at first because the process is gradual. You might not experience any increased sensitivity until a significant portion of your tooth root is exposed.
At that point, you likely notice tooth pain when eating hot or cold food, or when cold air hits your teeth while you are speaking, laughing, or yawning.
Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build-up along your gum line. Inflammation often follows, which pulls your gum tissue away from the surface of your teeth. Aggressive tooth brushing can also lead to gum recession, as can tooth grinding.
You receive numbing medication for a soft tissue graft, so there’s no need to worry about pain or discomfort during your procedure. Your 286 Madison Dental dentist begins by determining where to source the donor tissue.
They can take tissue from your palate or another site in your body. There are also synthetic materials for gum grafting.
Once the grafting material is ready, your practitioner places it over the gum tissue at the grafting site and sutures it into position. They can perform this process in the gum tissue near one tooth or several.
Gum grafting is an outpatient procedure, so you can return home afterward. You receive full post-procedure instructions from 286 Madison Dental and adhering to those guidelines is important in the recovery process.
You may need to take an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection. You want to choose soft food for the days following your gum graft to avoid placing undue pressure on your tissue as it heals.
The most important thing you can do to get the most out of your soft tissue grafting is to embrace a solid dental hygiene routine. Be sure to brush and floss thoroughly, and schedule routine dental exams to check for signs of gum disease.
It’s also important to address any underlying cause of gum loss. If you grind your teeth at night, a custom night guard can help protect your teeth. If you brush too hard or use the wrong type of toothbrush, your dentist can guide you toward a routine better suited for healthy teeth and gums.
The process begins with a phone call or a quick visit to the online booking page. Set up your soft tissue graft consultation today at 286 Madison Dental and learn more about what gum grafting can do for you.