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Will soft tissue grafts help gum problems?

I would like to know if soft tissue grafts is a good option for gum problem. It seems that mine is so bad that I might lose my teeth.

Is there any important things I need to know before choosing the dentist who does it?

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Soft tissue grafts are used to add more gum tissue. This can accomplish several things: prevent further recession, cover exposed root, stop or reduce sensitivity and improve the look of the teeth.

Gums can recede for several reasons. They include: Periodontal (gum) disease, physical trauma (brushing too hard, too often or with a hard brush), tooth position and having gum tissue that is naturally thin. If gums recede severely, some of the tooth's root will be exposed. This can make the tooth sensitive to hot or cold temperatures and more prone to root decay. Some people also don't like the way it looks.

If you have active gum disease then this needs to be stabilised first. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you have gum disease. The dentist or periodontist that you choose should be able to give you clear reasons why you have the problem and options on how to resolve it. They should be able to show you examples of other cases they have done. The above only constitutes general information and is not intended to be advice.

Answered by Dr Sej Patel.


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