There are two main types of gum tissue. One type is the attached tissue, which is the pink and firm gum that is attached to the bone. The other type is the unattached tissue, which is red and not attached to the bone. When there is a loss of attached tissue, you will need a periodontal procedure called a soft tissue graft. It is performed to replace the lost tissue, stop further dental problems such as gum recession, and improve the esthetics of smile.
When there is recession in the gum, either from hard brushing, grinding, or periodontal disease, the root surfaces of teeth become exposed. This can cause an unaesthetic appearance as well as sensitivity to temperature, foods and liquids. If left untreated, this situation can lead to further bone loss and, possibly, tooth loss. Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover the exposed root surfaces.
During this procedure, a piece of gum tissue is taken from your donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your entire gum line to reduce sensitivity and improve esthetics. A soft tissue graft can reduce and eliminate further recession and bone loss, improve sensitivity to temperature and improve your smile! Contact Aria Periodontics & Implant Group today to book your appointment.