Soft Tissue Grafting Anaheim CA
Soft Tissue Grafting Anaheim CA

Soft Tissue Grafting

Soft Tissue Grafting Anaheim, CA

Concerned about tooth loss and the appearance of your smile due to receding gums? Don't worry! Dentist of Anaheim has a solution - soft tissue grafting, a specialized dental procedure that regenerates gum tissue and can help restore your oral health.

What are Receding Gums?

Receding gums, also known as gum recession, is a condition in which the pink tissue holding the teeth starts to pull away from the tooth, exposing too much of the tooth's surface area. Severe cases may even expose the root of the tooth, causing sensitivity to hot or cold foods. If left untreated, gum recession can damage the bone that keeps teeth in place, leading to tooth loss.

How Are Receding Gums Diagnosed?

During a dental exam, our friendly dentist will check the health of your gums and look for signs of receding gums, gingivitis, or periodontitis. The level of damage is usually measured using an instrument to check the depth of the pockets in the gums.

Causes of Receding Gums

Receding gums can be attributed to the bacteria produced by tartar and plaque buildup. Regular teeth cleanings are essential in removing such buildup and lowering the risk of gum disease. Other factors that can cause receding gums include genetics, a weakened immune system, and overbrushing (brushing too hard). Surprisingly, physical wear and tear can also lead to receding gums, from teeth grinding during the night to having lip piercings. Smoking and tobacco use are known to contribute to gum recession, as well as improperly fitted dentures.

What are Receding Gums Anaheim CA
Types of Soft Tissue Grafting Anaheim CA

Types of Soft Tissue Grafting

There are several different types of grafts that can be used to treat receding gums.

Connective Tissue Graft

The most common type is the connective tissue graft, where a small piece of skin is removed from under the roof of the patient's mouth and attached to the problem area using stitches. The procedure involves cutting a small flap in the palate to access the tissue, which is then stitched closed at the end. This type of tissue, known as subepithelial connective tissue, readily attaches to the gum tissue at the problem site, effectively correcting the gum recession.

Gingival Graft

Another type of graft is the free gingival graft, which uses tissue directly from the roof of the mouth instead of from underneath it. This method is used when thicker pieces of tissue are required for grafting.

Pedical Graft

The pedicle graft is a third option, which involves using gum tissue from near the tooth. A cut is made in the tissue, and the resulting flap is pulled down over the exposed tooth and stitched into place. This method is only possible if the patient has a sufficient amount of gum tissue near the problem tooth.

Recovery after Soft Tissue Grafting

After undergoing a soft tissue grafting procedure, patients can expect to return to their normal routine within a day or two. It is important to consume only soft foods for a few weeks to facilitate proper healing of the graft. Patients should also avoid brushing and flossing the surgical site. The Dentist of Anaheim team will provide detailed post-operative instructions before the procedure, and follow-up care at our Anaheim dentist office.

Pain Management for Soft Tissue Grafting

The level of pain experienced during soft tissue grafting depends on the type of graft performed. However, the team at Dentist of Anaheim will provide appropriate pain medication and sedation options to alleviate any discomfort.

Preventing Receding Gums

To prevent receding gums, follow proper dental hygiene, including daily flossing, avoid over brushing, and visit us at Dentist of Anaheim on a regular basis for checkups and routine cleanings.

Recovery after Soft Tissue Grafting Anaheim CA

Cost of Soft Tissue Grafting

The cost of soft tissue grafting varies from patient to patient, depending on the complexity and extent of the required procedure. Dental insurance may cover a portion of the cost. Our team will discuss financial details and payment options during your consultation.

Stop Tooth Decay in Its Tracks!

Are you worried about your gum health? Call Dentist of Anaheim now at (714) 261-2098 to schedule a gum grafting consultation!


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