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Soft Tissue Graft Surgery
In Cambridge

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession.

Gum graft surgery will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

Before and After Gum Graft Surgery

Gum grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession.

Before and After Gum Graft Surgery

During gum graft surgery, The dentist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root.

Before and After Gum Graft Surgery

This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

Mucogingival Surgery

Gum tissue may be moved or transplanted from one area of the mouth to another in an attempt to reinforce the gum line or to cover an area of exposed root surface. If the roof of the mouth is used as the donor site, a protective plastic liner and/or surgical glue may be placed to protect that area while it is healing.

In other occasion a graft material may be recommended to the patient instead of obtaining tissue from his mouth.

The stability of the mucogingival surgeries is going to depend of multiple factors as it will be explained in other section. In Some particular areas with thin tissues, shallow oral vestibule the predictability of the results is lower.

Benefits of Mucogingival Surgery

The use of these procedures can lead to the formation of a stable, non-inflamed band of attached gingival tissue.
Reduce the possibility of future bone support loss, and therefore tooth loss
Can help to allow for easier cleaning
It can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly

Aims of Mucogingival Surgery

Periodontal surgery is primarily carried out to eliminate/reduce pockets, and create healthy root surfaces. The plaque growing on the root surfaces is the causative factor for periodontal disease, and associated bone support loss. Clean root surfaces leads to healthy gum tissue.
It is also carried out to provide a more favourable long term outcome.
A number of Mucogingival surgical procedures are available to increase the width of attached gingiva. These include the use of free gingival grafts, pedicle grafts (e.g. laterally re-positioned grafts, coronally repositioned flaps) and sub epithelial connective tissue grafts.)
Mucogingival surgery aims to improve defects where severe gum recession has occurred and aims to widen the band of attached gum

A gum graft can reduce further recession and bone loss.

In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve aesthetics of your smile.

Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or aesthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health.

These are the keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.