Soft Tissue Grafting

Comprehensive dental care is about much more than teeth. It encompasses the wellness of all structures in your mouth and considers how your oral condition impacts your health and confidence. Once individuals in the Largo, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater Beach, and Palm Harbor area become aware this premier level of care is available, they come to Dr. Ryan Lepore in Dunedin, FL for guidance in advanced procedures such as soft tissue grafting.

What is a gum tissue graft?

You may have heard the expression “long in the tooth.” While human teeth do not actually get longer with age, they look that way when gums pull back. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, allowing gums to thin and shrink. Other causes of gum recession include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Brushing too forcefully
  • Bruxing – clenching or grinding teeth during sleep
  • Trauma or repeated dental work on a tooth
  • Aggressive orthodontics

Receding gums expose a portion of tooth structure not protected by enamel. This area looks unsightly and is prone to decay and sensitivity.

A gum tissue graft involves suturing tissue from a donor site to the area where gums have receded. The minor oral surgery is performed with local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Healthy tissue may be taken from the roof of the mouth (called a free gingival graft) or from beneath palatal skin (a connective tissue graft). With a pedicle or lateral graft, extra tissue around the tooth is loosened, stretched, and stitched into place. In some cases, material from a tissue bank may be used to avoid a second surgical site.

Dr. Lepore provides referral to a periodontist for the procedure. This specialist’s treatment includes thorough home care instructions to aid in a speedy recovery. Soft tissues tend to heal quickly, so you can probably return to work or other activities the next day and be fully healed within two weeks. Discomfort and swelling can be managed with retail or prescription pain medications.

Dunedin, FL dentist explains aesthetic benefits of soft tissue grafting

Expertise in soft tissue grafting enhances smile aesthetics, as well as improving periodontal health. Gum grafting improves the proportion of pink to white, and makes your smile look healthier. Ragged or uneven gum edges can be recontoured for an even gum line.With sensible oral habits and regular dental checkups, the beautiful results of your soft tissue grafting can last many years. Call (727) 608-4690 in Dunedin, FL to talk with Dr. Lepore about your needs.


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