Functional Soft Tissue GraftingNormally gum tissue surrounds and protects the delicate roots of your teeth. Exposed tooth roots are prone to tooth decay, root canals, discoloration and actual jawbone loss. All of this can lead to tooth loss in advanced cases.
Functional Soft Tissue Grafting replaces the missing gum tissue and protects your teeth. For this reason, Soft Tissue Grafting may be recommended even for back teeth.
Cosmetic Soft Tissue GraftingIn addition to the functional problems previously mentioned, receding gums can look unsightly.
Longer looking teeth and exposed tooth roots give an "old" appearance to your smile. Some women actually cover their mouths when they smile for this very reason.
Cosmetic Soft Tissue Grafting can add a new youthful appearance to your smile. In your initial consultation, we'll thoroughly explain what can be achieved in your particular case.
Classical soft tissue grafting utilizes tissue obtained from the palate to be placed elsewhere. Although this is the gold standard, very nice results can be obtained utilizing sterile donor tissue which eliminates the need for a secondary wound site and therefore reduces post-operative discomfort as well as treatment time in extensive cases.
Course of Treatment
A local anesthetic is applied to the grafting site.
The existing gum tissue is loosened to make room for the tissue graft.
The grafting material is placed under the gum tissue at the grafting site and stabilized with a protective covering.
The area is sutured. Stitches will either dissolve or be removed by your doctor in 7 to 21 days.
Dr. Ettel did gum grafting three times, in 3 different places in my mouth. The work healed beautifully!
I recently had gum surgery. They were extremely gentle. I never had to wait for longer than 5 minutes from the time of appointment.
My visit was very pleasant and professional. Considering how afraid I am, I continue to come here because of the gentle treatment I receive with sedation. I was informed of each step taken which I also enjoy. This is the best dental office and I tell others this often. Thank you!
I'm very happy with the service the hygienists provide and plan to keep coming back. 5 extra stars to the Polish hygienist; she's awesome and super friendly and takes the stress away from having someone poking around in your mouth.
It was actually the most comfortable dental experience I've ever had. The staff takes time to talk to the patients and let's you know what's going on while they do the work. I'd recommend this place to everyone! Great experience.