What Is Soft Tissue Grafting in Whittier and Why Do I Need It?
Your gums are an integral part of your oral health, as well as the appearance of your smile. When gum tissue starts to recede – typically caused by periodontal disease, as well as bruxism, trauma, and certain oral habits – the roots of your teeth become exposed.
There are three parts of a tooth: The enamel (outer surface), the dentin (middle layer), and the pulp chamber (where the pulp and nerve tissue are housed).
The roots of our teeth don’t have enamel on them. Instead, they’re made up of dentin, which is quite porous. Because of this, when the roots are exposed, you can experience sensitivity to temperatures, particularly cold. Additionally, it is easier for dental decay to develop and progress quickly in the dentin than it is in the enamel. Therefore, gum recession puts you at a higher risk of developing dental decay.
What Can I Expect at My Appointment?
During your appointment, your gum tissue will be numbed with an injectable anesthetic. Then, they’ll remove a flap of skin from the roof of your mouth. That tissue is then stitched to the gum tissue that surrounds the tooth or teeth that have exposed roots. You’ll likely have stitches around the graft, as well as on the roof of your mouth.