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

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.


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