Soft tissue grafting is the procedure used to mend receding gums. In cases of severe gum recession, the roots of the teeth get exposed and the soft tissue grafting procedure is used to rectify this issue. If the roots of your teeth have been exposed it makes your mouth sensitive to hot or cold food. Apart from this, receding gums also make the teeth seem longer than normal. The exposed roots under receding gums can also wear out or get gouged as they soften due to extended exposure. Eventually, this leads to tooth decay.
Reasons for Gum Recession.
Healthy gum tissue stays attached firmly to the teeth and shield the teeth from bacteria. In some cases, the receding gum condition is very severe and there is hardly any gum tissue left. The soft and elastic mucosa cannot provide sufficient protection to the teeth and this results in infection and decay. There are a number of reasons that lead to receding gums:
- Brushing the teeth too aggressively
- Periodontal disease can lead to receding gums
- In some people genetics plays a part in receding gums and fragile/thin gum tissue can be hereditary
Irrespective of what the cause of receding gums is, immediate dental treatment is crucial. This will prevent the gums from receding further and arrest decay and bone loss.
Receding Gum line Treatment
The soft tissue grafting procedure is a surgical procedure via which the receding gum line is treated. This procedure is generally carried out when the gum tissue splits, is badly damaged or disappears completely. A piece of tissue from the patient’s palate is used as a graft on the recession-damaged gum. In some cases, processed donor tissues may also be used in place of the patient’s palate tissue.
Our dental team at Dr. Mansbridge's east Hamilton office want you to have the smile you deserve and are proud of. We use the least invasive procedures and the best dental technology. Dr. Mansbridge has years of experience with treating all forms of dental disease including the soft tissue grafting procedure. If you have concerns about a receding gum line, Contact us at: (905) 662-6700 or at 800 Queenston Road, Stoney Creek and make an appointment today.