Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. Gum tissue recession and root exposure occurs due to heavy brushing or periodontal disease. This can result in sensitivity, loss of bone, and a decrease in the patient's satisfaction with the look of their smile. Fortunately, recession can be treated with soft tissue grafting.
During this procedure, Dr. Mabry uses a donor tissue, specifically a type called AlloDerm. When possible, this eliminates the need for tissue to be retrieved from the patient's own palate. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile.
The Alloderm graft is then hydrated and prepared using the patient's own growth factors to encourage healing. It is then sutured into place using long-lasting sutures. (This particular type of suture is also used in some heart surgeries and is nonirritating to the patient's tissue.) Some of the sutures are removed within the first four weeks after treatment, other sutures may be left in place for 2-3 months to ensure good adherance and healing of the graft.
Whether you have a soft tissue graft to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.
This procedure can be accomplished using local anesthesia only or if the patient would feel more comfortable, IV sedation is available.
Following this procedure, the tissue is very delicate and special cautions are taken to avoid disturbing the area. Special home care instructions need to be followed. Dr. Mabry will prescribe an antimicrobial mouthrinse to clean the surgical site at first. Medication is also prescribed to manage any post-operative pain.