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Tissue Grafting

What is Tissue Grafting?

Tissue grafting is a common procedure to correct gum recession and prevent further dental problems such as decay, bone loss and tooth loss.  The procedure can also help to reduce sensitivity to hot and cold and will enhance your smile.

Gum recession can be caused by periodontal disease or even by aggressive brushing.  Exposed roots are the result of recession. 


Your visit to the periodontist will include a full probing and a review of medical history and X-rays.  Your doctor will help you to identify the source of your gum recession.  When the cause of recession is under control, a tissue graft will help to repair the area and to prevent additional recession, bone loss and tooth loss.


How it is done

Connective tissue (gingival) grafting is done using local anesthesia and an oral sedative, if desired.  During the procedure, your periodontist will take gum tissue from your palate or use donor material (Alloderm) to cover the exposed root.  The length of your appointment will depend upon the number of teeth involved.

You will be asked to follow a soft diet for the first 7-10 days, at which time you will be seen for a follow-up visit.  We will provide you with detailed pre and post-operative recommendations to ensure optimal healing.

Complete healing will occur in approximately 6 weeks and you will reap the benefits of improved periodontal condition as well as having a beautiful smile!


Follow up

For the first two days, apply ice packs to the treated area and take Motrin (Ibuprofen) as recommended.  This will reduce swelling and decrease any possible discomfort.



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