Tissue Grafts

Tissue graft procedures are available to stop further dental problems and/or gum recession. Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession.

Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to aggressive or excessive tooth brushing, trauma to gum tissues, clenching or grinding, post-orthodontics and/or periodontal disease.

You may not be aware of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment Dr. Heaton can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem. Once these contributing factors are controlled, a soft tissue graft procedure will stop and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

Soft tissue grafts are used to cover roots where excessive gingival recession are present. During this procedure, Dr. Heaton takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth depending on the severity of the recession. 

A soft tissue graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay and/or may also reduce tooth sensitivity.

                        
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