Tissue grafting is a surgical procedure where a periodontist uses tissue from either inside the mouth or from a donor, to repair the gums. Periodontal disease is known to cause the gums to recede. The recession of the gums away from the tooth leaves the tooth, including the root, susceptible to decay and infection. Additionally, aging, trauma, over brushing, brushing too aggressively and poor tooth positioning can all also lead to gum recession. It is important to remedy receding gums before they eventually lead to root exposure.
If the roots of the teeth are exposed eating and drinking can be very painful. Exposure of the tooth root also makes decay more prevalent and mouth’s aesthetics will also suffer. The goal of tissue grafting is to either thicken the existing gum or cover the root of the exposed tooth in an effort to prevent further tissue loss and future complications.
Types of Tissue Graft
There are three main types of tissue grafts. They are:
The technique your periodontist will use to graft affected areas will depend on the size of the area to be grafted, as well as your oral health history.
What Are the Benefits of Tissue Grafting?
Tissue grafting is a highly effective and versatile surgical procedure of the gums that can have one of many uses. Thanks to developments in dental technology tissue grafting is now less intrusive and more predictable than ever. Some of the main benefits of tissue grafting are:
If you are exhibiting any signs of periodontal gum disease, it is critical that you contact your periodontist at your earliest convenience to prevent the disease from causing irreversible damage.