Soft Tissue Grafting – Brookline, MA
Restore a Healthy Gum Line Today
Your gums are equally important as your teeth when creating a healthy, beautiful smile. Unfortunately, there are times your gingival tissue can be compromised. Not only can it lead to an unattractive gum line, but it can also impact your dental health. To resolve the issue, you might need soft tissue grafting in Brookline. The treatment can be used to cover exposed tooth roots, restore an attractive smile, or reverse the affects of infection. No matter the cause, we use the latest advancements in dentistry to improve your smile.
Do I Need a Soft Tissue Graft?
A gum graft is a surgical treatment that takes tissue from the palate of your mouth or a donor and transfers it to the treatment site. The tissue is stitched into place to allow it to integrate with your gums. A soft tissue graft can be needed for several reasons, such as with:
Although it’s preventable, at least 50% of Americans have gum disease, which is an infection that destroys the supporting structures of your teeth. It can be treated in the early stages without any long-term damage, but it often isn’t caught until it has caused serious complications, like gum recession.
Exposed tooth roots can lead to a variety of symptoms, including tooth loss. The grafting procedure restores a healthy gum line to cover the tooth roots to reinstate a healthy, beautiful smile.
Just like your natural teeth, dental implants in Brookline require a healthy gum line. This isn’t just for aesthetic issues. It also helps seal out harmful bacteria from the implant post that can lead to infection. A gum graft will replace missing tissue to prepare the site for dental implants. This helps to promote predictable results for a more successful outcome.
What Can I Expect with Gum Grafting?
After an initial consultation, you’re scheduled for your procedure. New advancements in dentistry make the treatment less invasive. Often, all that’s needed is a local anesthetic; however, some people may need sedation. As a result, it’s best to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment because it can take several hours for the effects to wear off.
Prior to your appointment, we’ve already determined which method we’ll be using to treat your gum line, such as using tissue from a donor. Once the tissue is stitched into place, you can begin healing, which can take 1-2 weeks. While you recover, we’ll explain how to maintain your oral hygiene to prevent damaging the surgical site while also keeping it clean. It’s often best to stick with a soft diet that doesn’t include spicy or acidic foods.
It’s normal for your tissue to be a bit tender. You can manage your discomfort using an over-the-counter pain reliever. If your teeth are sensitive, a desensitizing toothpaste or mouthwash can help.
Schedule Your Consultation
Whether you’ve experienced gum recession or your preparing for dental implants, our office can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a gum graft.