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.
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.
Restoring receding gum tissue usually takes 1 - 2 hours.
Potential side effects of soft tissue grafting include:
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 grafting treatment has a success rate of 90%
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.
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.
Gum tissue grafting has benefits beyond recreating a healthy smile. Some of the benefits you will experience include:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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