Soft tissue grafting, often referred to as a gum graft or a gingival graft, is a surgical procedure designed to address issues related to gingival tissue. This procedure is primarily used to correct gingival recession and enhance the aesthetics of an uneven gumline. Gingival recession occurs when the gum tissue around the teeth pulls back, exposing more of the tooth roots. This condition can lead to various dental problems if left untreated, including tooth sensitivity, increased risk of decay and even tooth loss.

During a gum grafting procedure, Dr. William Strutz will carefully graft additional tissue onto the areas of the gums that require reinforcement. This graft tissue can be obtained from different sources, such as another area within the patient’s mouth or a tissue bank, depending on individual needs and preferences. When using a patient’s own tissue, it is typically harvested from the roof of the mouth or surrounding gum tissue.

The choice of the grafting method, whether autogenous (using the patient’s tissue) or allograft (using tissue from a tissue bank), depends on factors like the extent of recession and patient suitability. In some cases, tissue-stimulating proteins may be incorporated into the procedure to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms, promoting quicker recovery.

By addressing gum recession and related concerns through soft tissue grafting, individuals can enjoy improved oral health and a more confident smile. Please reach out to us at 913-268-0808 if you have any questions about soft tissue grafting in Shawnee, Kansas, or to schedule your personal consultation with our experienced periodontist.

Contact us today to learn more about periodontal care and schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Strutz!

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