Gum Grafting

 

The colour, contour and health of the soft tissue around the teeth is a commonly neglected component of a beautiful smile. Gum grafting let’s us improve the health and appearance of your gums by increasing the volume of the tissue around the teeth. This is commonly done to help with sensitivity caused by gums receding or help improve the health of the tissue around implants.

This term encompasses the replacement lost soft tissue. This would include the attached, keratinized gum tissue and the underlying connective tissue. Both can be replaced separately or together depending on the circumstance. The volume and position of the gum can be utterly crucial to the aesthetic outcome of a case and even to the long term cleansability and maintenance of any result.

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Soft tissue grafting includes the harvesting of the necessary tissue from a donor site with its subsequent replacement at the recipient or desired site. The donor site could be distant from the recipient site, for example, tissue from the palate moved to other areas of the mouth. Alternatively the donor site could be very close to the recipient site or even attached to each other. The tissue may be comprised of connective tissue, epithelialized tissue or both. The result is directly proportional the volume being correctly measured and the maintenance of a blood supply to the donated tissue.

Types include:

  • Epithelialized palatal grafts
  • Free gingival grafts
  • Sub epithelial connective tissue grafts
  • Vascularized interpositional periosteal connective tissue grafts

They are customarily used to bulk up tissue around sensitive teeth or dental implants, help make uniform the aesthetic outcome or return biological width optimising dental periodontal health.

F.A.Q.

Most post operative pain comes from soft tissue manipulation and surgical trauma. The skill of the surgeon has a huge impact as does the choice of procedure and donor site. Pain management and adherence to the post operative instructions is very important. Here, again, experience matters and is what you will find at Dental Lounge.

Here at Dental Lounge, the dentists are trained to identified any defects, hard tissue or soft tissue. We are experienced in the types of cases that demand aesthetic precision and have seen the results of neglecting the soft tissue when restoring missing teeth. The deficiencies may be subtle but must be identified and treated. Planning, in any case, is the most important part. Recognising what is needed and providing the skills to get the job done is what you can expect here at Dental Lounge.

In areas of aesthetic importance, the gum contour is probably more important than the tooth or implant crown or veneer. It is as important as the choice of material, colour and shape of any restoration.

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