Soft Tissue Grafts

Procedures are available to stop any further gum recession, dental problems and to improve the esthetics of your gum line.

The result of gum recession is exposed tooth roots. You may wish to enhance your smile by covering one or more of these exposed roots that make your teeth appear too long. Maybe this does not bother you in these areas, but you may be experiencing discomfort because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot and cold fluids and/or liquids.

Other reasons your gums may have receded include aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may not be in control of the cause of this recession, but your periodontist will help to identify the contributing problem prior to your treatment. Once these problems are controlled, a soft tissue graft procedure will repair and help prevent any additional recession and bone loss.

Soft tissue grafts are used to cover exposed roots or to create a thicker, stronger gum tissue around your teeth. It will also arrest future gingival or gum exposed roots. This procedure can be done on one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and to reduce any sensitivity. Soft tissue grafts are also done to create a more symmetrical gum line for a beautiful smile.

What are the benefits of this procedure?

Placing a soft tissue graft can reduce further recession and bone loss in the future. It can cover exposed roots and protect them from decay, as a result, tooth sensitivity is reduced and the aesthetics of your smile is improved. With improved periodontal health, you will have a new beautiful smile that will bring comfort and confidence.

Ridge Augmentation

When you lose one or more teeth, sometimes you can get an indention in your jawbone and gums where the tooth used to be. This may happen because the jawbone recedes and is no longer holding the tooth in place.

Not only is this unnatural looking, but it also causes the replacement tooth to look longer in length when compared to the adjacent teeth (or teeth next to it).

Dr. Ramos can fill this “defect” with a procedure called a ridge augmentation. This procedure simply recaptures the natural contour of your gums and jaw before you lost your tooth. A new tooth can then be created with a natural look that is beautiful and easy to clean.

Block or Particulate Grafts

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Root Coverage

Soft tissue or gum grafts can be used to cover roots, and develop gum tissue where it is absent due to excessive recession of the gums. This can protect the exposed root from decay and can even prepare teeth for orthodontic treatment. Most importantly, it can reduce tooth sensitivity and give you a healthy confident and beautiful smile.