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What is a Soft Tissue Graft?

Soft tissue grafting is a surgical procedure that helps patients with receding gum repair it. The gum specialist (periodontist) will restore the receding gum by borrowing a piece of soft tissue from the roof of your mouth or creating a flap.

Gum tissue graft isn't only a cosmetic procedure to improve your smile; it is also a preventive step to avoid gum diseases. The exposed tooth root will make your teeth more prone to infections and decay.

Who Can Have Soft Tissue Grafts?

You're an ideal candidate for gum tissue grafting treatment if you're suffering from receding gum, or bleeding, and want a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Soft Tissue Grafts Treatment Duration

Restoring receding gum tissue usually takes 1 - 2 hours.

Soft Tissue Grafts Side Effects & Risks 

 Potential side effects of soft tissue grafting include: 

  • An uneven gum line
  • The graft may move out of place, which can result in needing another procedure
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Reaction to the sedation

Soft Tissue Grafts Recovery Time 

Depending on the extent of your surgery, your recovery will take 1 - 2 weeks. And during this period, you will experience some pain and discomfort around the treated areas. Until the new grafts are fully healed, you will follow a food diet like yogurt and scrambled eggs.

Also, avoid brushing and flossing the graft area as it can cause bleeding and infection. Your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment after the soft tissue graft; they will check your recovery progress during your visit.

Soft Tissue Grafts Success Rate:

Soft tissue grafting treatment has a success rate of 90%

Soft Tissue Grafts Alternative Treatments

  • Scaling and root planing 
  • Pinhole surgical technique 
  • Regeneration 
  • Gum contouring 

How Does Soft Tissue Grafts Work?

The primary purpose of gum tissue grafting is to cover the exposed teeth root. During the procedure, the dentist will remove the soft tissue from the roof of the mouth. Then stitch it to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed roots.

Types of Soft Tissue Graft 

There are three different common types of soft tissue grafts:

Free Gingival Graft. Free gingival grafting is the procedure of removing a strip of tissue from the roof of your mouth. Using stitches, your dentist will suture this tissue to the gum area affected by the recession to promote natural growth. 

The soft tissue taken from the roof of the mouth is thicker than the flap created by other methods. Your dentist might recommend this Free Gingival Graft if you suffer from severe gum recession.

Connective Tissue Graft. Connective tissue grafting is the procedure of opening a small flap on the roof of your mouth. The flap makes a small portion of connective tissue available, which the dentist implants in the area affected by gum recession. 

This operation is less invasive than free gingival graft, and it is one of the most common techniques to treat a wide area of gum exposure.

Pedicle Tissue Graft. This graft involves the "sharing" of soft tissue between the affected and healthy gum. A flap of tissue is partially cut away and moved sideways to cover the root. 

This type of graft is excellent because the tissue moved to the exposed area, including blood vessels left in place.

The Benefit of Soft Tissue Graft

Gum tissue grafting has benefits beyond recreating a healthy smile. Some of the benefits you will experience include:

  • They protect the teeth from bacterial infection. 
  • The soft tissue graft reduces the chance of cavity and tooth decay. 
  • Create more symmetry in your dental structure. 
  • The soft tissue graft creates a better environment for future treatments like dental implants. 
  • Increase your tolerance to eating hot and cold food. Root exposure causes extreme discomfort. With healthy gum, you can decrease gum sensitivity. 

What Soft Tissue Grafts Involve?

We will plan and arrange the procedure to suit your personal preferences and match you with the best periodontist available in Turkey. There are a few primary steps involved in this procedure:

Here are the primary stages of the surgery:

1. Online Consultation 

You will have an online consultation with your dentist. At this stage, our specialist will try to know if you're a suitable candidate for soft tissue grafting.

Your health history, allergies, medications you use, your ideas about the process, and your priority expectations from treatment are the essential data to determine the most appropriate treatment for you at this stage.

2. Deep Dental Cleaning 

Your dentist will start with deep cleaning scaling to remove calculus (tartar) on your teeth. If the build is extensive and your gum is sensitive, this step will be uncomfortable.

3. Soft Tissue Grafting 

Once the dentist completes the dental cleaning, a small incision will be made in the recipient area to create a small pocket. An incision is made in the pocket, and the donor tissue is placed between the two sections of this area. The donor tissue strip is generally larger than the incision; some excess flap will be apparent.

Your dentist will apply Platelet-rich factors to promote healing before suturing the grafts. Also, tissue-stimulating proteins will be used to encourage quicker tissue growth.

Finally, the wound site will be sutured to prevent shifting, and surgical material will be placed to protect the sensitive area. Gum uniformity and substantial healing will take place in the first six weeks after the procedure.

What Should I Expect After Soft Tissue Grafts?

  • If the treatment was performed on a wide area and your dentist used a sedative, you might need to arrange for someone to accompany you. 
  • Follow your doctor's instructions regarding gum graft healing stages, the diet, physical activities, and medication.
  • Avoid flossing and brushing the repaired gum line until it is healed. 
  • You will use a special mouth rinse to control plaque during the healing period. Also, you will be using antibiotics to reduce the risks of infection. 
  • You will eat soft foods for the first few weeks, like eggs, pasta, jelly, well-cooked vegetables, and ice cream.  
  • Use over-the-counter pain medication to manage pain and discomfort (Ibuprofen, Advil, Tylenol).
  • Expect the swelling and discomfort to last a few days or weeks after the treatment. 
  • Expect minor bleeding in the first few days. If the bleeding persists, contact your dentist. 
  • Expect to return to work the following day after the surgery. But to experience a full recovery, it will need two weeks. 

Things You Should Consider Before Soft Tissue Grafts

  • A week before the procedure, you should stop taking Aspirin and any other medication that causes blood thinning.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs, you should inform your surgeon as soon as possible.
  • Avoid smoking before the surgery.
  • Consuming any alcoholic beverages can affect anesthesia. So it would be best if you did not take in anything alcoholic before surgery.
  • Follow your doctor-prescribed medication that adjusts your current medicines. 


Do gum grafts look natural?

After healing takes place, yes, the gumline will look natural. But it will take time to reach this stage. And in the early stages of recovery, it will be slightly noticeable.

When is it too late for gum grafting?

If you're experiencing extreme sensitivity to hot and cold food or loose teeth, at this stage, it might be too late for gum grafting.  

Is gum grafting painful?

The gum grafting procedure is painless because your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the affected area. But you might feel pressure on the areas the dentist is treating.

How long do gum grafts last?

You can expect gum grafting to last a lifetime if you use proper care and follow good oral hygiene.

Do soft tissue grafts cost abroad affordable?

Yes, the procedure will be more affordable abroad and cost less in popular medical tourism locations like Turkey. But some factors affect the soft tissue graft treatment cost, like the clinics' location, the surgeon's experience, and the technique used. 

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    Zinaida, Russian Federation
    star star июн 2022
    I met Istanbul Dental Center through flymedi.com for my gum surgery. My consultant's name was Kate and she helped me A LOT. She answered all my questions one by one during the decision-making phase. As someone who has a fear of going to the dentist, I changed country for this procedure and all my fears were gone thanks to the team at the clinic. It was a surreal experience for me. I also meet with my doctor regularly for a post-treatment examination. My rating would be 10 out of 10 for flymedi and the clinic.
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    Feriye Atcı, Turkey
    star star июн 2021
    Even though I am very, very afraid of needles and the dentist's chair, thank you for the day I walked through your door. Since I postponed my teeth and gums (out of fear) for many years, I had to undergo tooth extraction, curettage, gum surgery and many other treatments. It was really a dream for a patient like me, who cried even during the examination, to have all these procedures done. A thousand thanks to Burcu Kibaroğlu and Sinem Yeşil Işık for enduring a difficult patient like me, for their trust, smiling eyes, gentle hands, patience and meticulousness. Good luck to you, Nova Diş ... If you also care about your health and your life is precious, do not waste your time surfing the internet for nothing. As soon as you enter the door, you will say "I am in the right place"...
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