Periodontal Surgery—Soft Tissue Graft
Periodontal disease often refers to bacterial plaque and infections around the gum and tooth root. It can happen around one or several teeth. In some cases, the gum tissue is damaged or shrinks. In its more advanced stages, surgery to create new gum tissue (and even bone growth) can be done. There are several techniques used to encourage new gum growth using donor tissue, man-made material, or tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth.
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This surgery is needed to:
- Cover tooth roots that are exposed, which can lead to bone loss and decay
- Reduce tooth sensitivity
- Even out gum tissue due to reduce further recession
Not all grafts are successful over time. The level of disease and your personal care routines will affect success.
Last reviewedSeptember 2013by Michael Woods, MD, Michael Woods MD
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