Ronald C. Kobernick, DDS, MScD, PA
Periodontics
10601 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL & 111 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL
727-397-8503

Soft Tissue Graft

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gingival (gum) recession, created by thin or absent resistant tissue.  Once the causative factors are eliminated, a soft tissue graft is positioned to prevent additional recession.  With soft tissue grafts, root coverage is not accomplished, but a stable zone of gingival tissue is developed to prevent additional recession.

Procedure:

A soft tissue graft is designed to prevent additional recession.  Topical (gel) anesthetic is applied, and local anesthetic is gently placed into the area.  A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth or gently moved from an adjacent area to provide a stable band of attached (thick) tissue around the tooth. The thin tissue remaining in the area of recession is removed, and the area is then prepared as a recipient site. The graft is then adapted and secured into the recipient site with dissolvable sutures to create a wide band of stable gum tissue.  This is done for individual or multiple teeth. 

  

10601 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33778 P: 727-397-8503 F: 727-398-2679

390 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 P: 727-397-8503