Soft tissue grafting procedures at DentalCarePlus
At DentalCarePlus our experienced dentists perform the full array of gum- treatments and soft tissue (gum) graft procedures in order to ensure that there is sufficient soft tissue to improve the aesthetic appearance or to mitigate sensitivity or infection.
A dental clinician undergoes specialised training to carry out gum treatment and soft tissue grafting procedures. Success rates are usually very high if a soft tissue grafting procedure is carried out by a trained and experienced dentist and strict aftercare instructions followed. All DentalCarePlus clinicians are trained and have experience in the full array of soft tissue grafting and gum-related treatments.
Gum recession can be caused by a number of reasons, including:
- Periodontal (gum) disease. A bacterial gum infection that affects the gum tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease is the main cause of gum recession.
- Hereditary / Genes. A third of the population is prone to gum disease, regardless of the quality of their dental hygiene.
- Aggressive tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth too aggressively or incorrectly causes the gum recession and wear on the tooth enamel.
- Poor dental care. Insufficient brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash all lead to plaque and tartar build up.
- Female hormonal changes. Hormone changes such as in pregnancy, and menopause can make gums sensitive and more susceptible to gum loss.
Soft tissue grafting and gum-related treatments – questions, costs and referral services
- For any all questions regarding gum-related treatments and soft grafting, please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment coordinators.
- The cost of a soft tissue graft starts from £295, and depends on size, complexity and material used
- Since DentalCarePlus are renowned for very competitive prices, we are acutely aware that the cost of a dental implant treatment – especially when a soft graft procedure is also required – is not insignificant for most people.
- Are you a referring dentist with patients who need a soft tissue graft or gum-related treatment? If so, see Referrals
- Refer to our FAQ page for more useful information
Soft tissue grafting and other gum-related treatments at DentalCarePlus
DentalCarePlus perform all types of soft tissue and gum-related surgical treatments, including:
- Soft tissue grafting
- Free gingival graft / connective tissue graft / pedicle graft
- Guided tissue regeneration
- Gingivectomy and gingivoplasty
Soft tissue graft
When you lose gum tissue to periodontal (gum) disease, the gumline recedes, making the teeth appear longer. The correct contour of teeth is given by an ’emergence profile’ of the crowns coming through the gum.
Exposed root surfaces have a poor aesthetic appearance and cause sensitivity and make the tooth and root venerable to infection.
If there is sufficient bone volume but insufficient soft tissue volume, a soft tissue graft is performed to prevent or correct recession or to enhance the soft tissue volume in a dental implant site.
A soft tissue graft uses a membrane or tissue taken from the mouth.
Free gingival graft | Connective-tissue graft | Pedicle graft
There are three types of soft-tissue graft that our clinicians perform:
- Free gingival graft
- Connective-tissue graft
- Pedicle graft
Free gingival graft
A free gingival graft is type of soft tissue graft where tissue is taken from the palate and grafted to the recessed gum. This increases the thickness of the gum tissue and protects the exposed root. connective tissue graft
Connective tissue graft
A connective tissue graft is the most commonly used procedure to treat an exposed root. A connective tissue graft is where a flap is cut in the roof of the mouth and tissue from under the flap removed. This tissue is the ‘connective tissue and is stitched under the gum tissue that surrounding an exposed root. The flap is then stitched back down.
A pedicle graft uses a flap of gum tissue – the pedicle – from an adjacent tooth. The flap is partially cut away and moved sideways to cover the exposed root and stitched into place.
Guided tissue regeneration
Guided tissue regeneration (GTR) is a dental surgery procedure that uses a collagen membrane for the growth of new gingival (gum) tissue.
In one approach, a piece of biocompatible fabric is placed between the existing bone and a tooth.
One of the more recent procedures is done with the application of a special gel to a diseased root of a tooth. The gel consists partly of proteins which are identical to the proteins naturally found in tooth enamel. This stimulates the growth of healthy tissue and bone matter as the body is tricked into thinking that the formation of a new tooth is occurring.
Another approach involves a section of bio-compatible material being surgically inserted directly between the existing tooth and bone. This promotes the growth of the bone by preventing gum tissue from covering the area where the bone is growing.
Gingivectomy and Gingivoplasty
A gingivectomy is a dental surgical procedure which removes gum tissue (gingiva) by surgery. A gingivoplasty is a dental surgical procedure which reshapes gum tissue.
A frenectomy – also known as a frenotomy, frenulotomy or frenulectomy – is a surgical dental procedure which removes the frenulum, a small fold of tissue between the upper central front teeth.