Soft tissue grafts are used to replace missing thick tissue (keratinized gingiva), which has worn away from the necks of the teeth for a variety of reasons. The purpose of gum grafting performed by San Jose implant and gum surgery at Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers – Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. is to minimize and/or arrest the progression of recession.
Unfortunately associated with every type of recession, there is bone loss, because the bone resides just beneath the gums. Therefore, if the gums have receded, then the bone has receded. The purpose of gum grafting is to arrest the progression of recession and thereby halt the bone loss as well, by restoring a thick zone of protective tissue around the neck of the tooth/teeth which exhibits an absence of this thick keratinized gum tissue.
In certain instances, it is not only possible to restore the missing keratinized (thick/protective) gum tissue, but also to cover the exposed root surface of the tooth/teeth in question. Other issues must be addressed as well, such as the biting forces being placed on the teeth.
A soft tissue graft performed by San Jose implant and gum surgery at Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers – Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. 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 the esthetics of your smile. Whether you have crown lengthening 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.
Acknowledgment: Information above is courtesy of the American Academy of Periodontology.