Call: 617-720-0285
SOFT TISSUE GRAFTS

Soft Tissue Graft in Boston, MA

You may be experiencing sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, and spicy foods and beverages, making eating and drinking unpleasant for you and brushing and flossing painful. This continued discomfort is often a clue that you are experiencing excessive gum recession. During the treatment Dr. Nevins will take gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root of one tooth or even several teeth.

Recession is often caused by overly aggressive tooth brushing, but can also be a result of systemic periodontal disease. For many patients discrepancies between tooth size and jaw dimension leads to crowding, which also results in recession. Beyond the discomfort, excessive recession, if left untreated, may progress to further gum disease, bone loss, and eventual tooth loss. Dr. Nevins and your hygienist will work with you to identify and improve your oral hygiene habits to help you control recession in the future, but for now a soft tissue graft will help you repair and hopefully prevent further recession and bone loss.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING SOFT TISSUE GRAFT TREATMENT?

Soft tissue grafts can be used with predictably successful results to cover roots or to develop gum tissue that has degraded due to past extractions or missing teeth. During the treatment Dr. Nevins will take gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root of one tooth or even several teeth. While procedures with the patient's tissue provide the most optimal results, Dr. Nevins continues to work with biomaterials and tissue engineering alternatives to provide options for gum grafting without the need for donor tissue from the palate.

Download General Periodontal Postoperative Treatment Instructions (PDF)