When doing dental implants in the smile zone, if enough soft tissue does not exist for an implant, we can transplant soft tissue from the palate to augment the soft tissue in the region and produce a far better aesthetically pleasing result.
Patients looking to receive soft tissue gum grafting will be first examined to ensure the most suitable type of treatment is carried out to combat the problem. Any untreated gum disease will need to be treated first before any soft tissue grafting is carried out in order to have stable results. Patients will be placed under a local anaesthetic to numb the areas of the mouth affected by the problem.
Prior to the onset of the process, plaque and tartar is removed from the exposed root of the tooth in a bid to ensure the most effective results after the attachment of the donor tissue.
Connective-tissue grafts are the most commonly used technique to treat root exposure. During this procedure, our dentists will remove a small flap of soft tissue from the roof of the mouth and stitch it to the tissue surrounding the exposed root.
This method is effective for the prevention of further root exposure, as well as reducing the sensitivity of the exposed tooth and significantly limiting the risk of tooth decay through the collection of harmful bacteria.
Free gingival grafts are generally the most useful technique for individuals who have thin gums to begin with and need additional tissue to bulk up the gum. Using this method, our dentists will remove soft tissue from the roof of the mouth and transplant it to the recipient site in order to create thicker, tougher tissue there. The donor site (the roof of the mouth) will heal normally without any damage to the underlying gums, bone or neighbouring teeth.
Some patients may benefit more from a pedicle graft, during which the gum is removed from around the tooth in need of repair. Partially cut away from the rest of the tissue, the gum will be pulled over the root and sutured into place. Although this procedure appears to be the simplest option, it is only plausible to carry out when there is adequate soft tissue surrounding the damaged part of the tooth.
Our dentists may provide some patients with tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage the body to develop bone and soft tissue throughout the treatment to ensure optimum results in a limited time period.
With severe gum disease affecting four to 12 per cent of adults, we urge patients with bleeding or inflamed gums to seek dental attention for what could be a worsening problem. Untreated gum disease can lead to gum recession and tooth mobility and cause bad breath and eventual tooth loss.
Individuals worried about revealing too much of their gums when they smile (gummy smile) may be suitable candidates for laser gum reshaping, which is also available at Precision. During this process our dentists will increase the height of the teeth, often also using porcelain veneers to improve the appearance.
Following the soft tissue grafting, patients will be given specific guidelines to follow in a bid to ensure the tissue is not disturbed during everyday activities. This may include an antibacterial mouthwash to speed up the healing process, as well as antibiotics to prevent the onset of infection and painkillers to deal with any sensitivity and pain.
Patients can return to work the day after receiving a gum grafting treatment and are expected to feel very little pain depending on the method of treatment they received. Over-the-counter painkillers can be used for pain relief for individuals suffering irritation from the palate graft donor site.
The price of soft tissue grafting is determined by case complexity and the size of graft required. Make an appointment for an initial consultation with one of the team – your Precision dentist will carry out a thorough exam and provide an expert treatment pathway to a perfect smile. If soft tissue grafting isn’t appropriate for you, we’ll advise on a more suitable course of action.
To make your journey to a superior smile as stress free as possible, we offer a range of 0% APR finance and instalment plans which allow you to spread the cost of your treatment in a manageable way and interest-free for 12 Months.
Finance can typically be arranged within 24 hours. If you opt to pay in instalments, 50% of the treatment cost must be paid upfront with the balance to be paid over the agreed timeframe.
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