Soft Tissue Grafting from Barnett Periodontics
When the gumline recedes, our mouths are more vulnerable to bacterial penetration and trauma. The most common reason this happens is advanced gum disease. According to research conducted by the CDC, roughly half of U.S. adults will struggle with gum disease in one form or another. Thankfully, the process of gum recession can be reversed with a reconstructive procedure known as a soft tissue graft.
Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis
For patients who are only struggling with a mild form of gum disease, soft tissue grafting is unnecessary. In fact, many cases of gingivitis can be reversed simply by spending more time brushing and flossing every day. But in cases where gingivitis has evolved into periodontitis, more advanced treatment is needed to restore your health and appearance.
Patients who have lost gum tissue may feel more self-conscious about smiling because of aesthetic changes to their smile. What’s more, gum recession can also result in greater sensitivity to hot and cold foods or drinks. Patients are also more vulnerable to developing root cavities because the sensitive root surfaces of teeth are now exposed.
What Is a Soft Tissue Graft?
Soft tissue grafting is designed to solve these issues. During your procedure, Dr. Barnett will remove a small amount of tissue from one part of your mouth and attach it to an adjacent area around vulnerable teeth, covering exposed roots and restoring the patient’s first line of defense.
Soft tissue grafting is a highly predictable procedure that can result in a band of healthy, revitalized gum tissue around exposed teeth.
Learn More about Soft Tissue Grafting
Are you concerned about your oral health or the state of your gum line? Dr. Barnett would be happy to help you. Contact our team at Barnett Periodontics to discuss your situation and begin the treatment process. We will happily work with your primary dentist to create a fully personalized treatment plan that helps you improve both your health and your appearance.