What Is Soft Tissue Grafting?
This is a common procedure in which the doctor takes some tissue from another location, often the roof of your mouth, and grafts it around the affected tooth to replace the natural gum tissue that has been destroyed by the disease. This procedure helps prevent tooth loss and treats the infection.
The tissue for the graft can come from the roof of your mouth (a free gingival graft), the tissue under the palate at the top of your mouth (a connective-tissue graft), or the gum near the affected tooth itself (a pedicle graft). Sometimes tissue is obtained from a tissue bank instead of a donation site in your mouth.
The doctor will determine which type of tissue is best for your soft tissue graft based on the tooth or teeth to be treated, the stage of the disease, and factors specific to your mouth.
Why Do I Need Soft Tissue Grafting?
If your doctor recommends soft tissue grafting, it is because your gums have receded due to gum disease so much that the root of your tooth is exposed. This is not just a cosmetic issue, as it destabilizes the tooth and can make it prone to further damage from your periodontal disease.