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Soft Tissue Grafts
What is a soft tissue graft and why would I need one?
In cases where the gums recede severely, some of the tooth's root will be exposed. This can make the tooth sensitive to hot or cold temperatures and more prone to root decay. Some people also don't like the way it looks.
Soft-tissue grafts are used to add more gum tissue. This can accomplish several things
- Prevent further recession
- Cover the exposed root
- Stop the sensitivity
- Improve the look of the tooth
What causes gums to recede?
Gums can recede for several reasons. These include:
- Periodontal/ gum disease
- Physical trauma (brushing too hard, too often or with a hard brush)
- Tooth position
- Gum tissue that is naturally thin