If you have suffered from periodontal disease, over-aggressive brushing, or aging, our team may recommend a gum graft in Lexington, South Carolina, for your smile. Dr. Paul R. Downing, DMD, & Dr. Julian Gapud, DDS may recommend soft tissue grafting to increase your comfort, improve your oral health, and give you a more pleasant smile aesthetic. If you are interested in soft tissue grafting or any of our other dental services, please call us at White Knoll Comprehensive Dentistry to schedule an appointment with our skilled dentists today.
A soft tissue graft, also called a gum graft, is a graft of gingival tissue. A gum graft may be needed to correct gingival recession or to improve the appearance of an uneven gum line.
During the gum grafting procedure, our dentists stitches grafting tissue onto the area of the gums that needs additional tissue. Based on your particular needs and desires, the tissue graft may be taken from another area of your mouth or from a tissue bank. When using your own tissues, the graft may be taken from the roof of the mouth or from the surrounding gums. Our dentists will help you determine which type of gum graft is best suited to your individual needs. In some cases, we may also use tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage your body’s natural growth abilities and promote faster healing.
Our dentists may recommend a soft tissue graft if you have experienced gingival recession. The gum tissues may recede if your smile is affected by periodontal disease; overaggressive brushing may also cause gum recession. When not treated with a gingival graft, gum recession may eventually lead to tooth loss due to lack of support from the gum tissues. A gum graft can also improve the appearance of your smile. To learn more about how soft tissue grafting can improve the health and beauty of your smile, we welcome you to contact our office today.