Soft Tissue Procedures
Gingival recession can occur as a result of bone loss and/or tooth brushing trauma and this can create aesthetic concerns and tooth sensitivity. Gingival grafts can be carried out to cover the recession defect. The soft tissue is normally collected from the palate. In large complex cases, Alloderm® can also be used.
In some cases, teeth become trapped in the jaw bone and cannot erupt into the mouth naturally. An orthodontist or dentist may request for a tooth to be surgically exposed so that the tooth can move into the mouth.
Crown lengthening makes the tooth appear longer in the mouth by removing some surrounding gum and/or bone. This may be needed for aesthetic reasons to enhance the gum line or to allow a well-fitting crown to be placed in an aesthetic area.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Soft tissue grafts reinforce thin gums and may replace gum in areas where the gums have receded. Grafted tissue is usually taken from the roof of the mouth and placed over the affected area.
A frenectomy involves the removal of a small piece of soft tissue that connects the gums to the inner lip. This is performed if the frenum attaches too close to the gum margin, causes excessive tension in the gums, prevents closure of a space between the teeth, or interferes with a denture. A soft tissue laser is used for most cases which promotes accelerated wound healing.