Office - Downtown Periodontal Group

Soft-Tissue Grafting Surgery

There are two different types of Soft-tissue Grafting Surgery performed to treat receding gums (recession).

  • Free Gingival Grafting Surgery is performed when the thick gum tissue surrounding the roots of your teeth becomes thin or is lost completely. This procedure is performed to thicken the gum tissue and prevent further tissue/bone loss.
  • Connective Tissue Grafting Surgery is performed when the gum tissue covering the roots of your teeth recedes and/or the thick gum tissue surrounding the roots of your teeth becomes thin or is lost completely. The teeth may appear longer and the exposed root surfaces may be sensitive to temperature, sweets and to tooth brushing. This procedure is performed to thicken the gum tissue, prevent further tissue/bone loss and to cover the root surfaces of your teeth to help address any sensitivity and cosmetic concerns.
Soft-tissue Grafting Surgery

For either type of soft-tissue grafting surgery, tissue is taken from your palate (roof of your mouth) and placed over the root surface of the tooth/teeth with the thin or lost gum tissue. During healing, the grafted tissue will adhere to your existing tissue. Please note that Free Gingival Grafting Surgery WILL NOT cover exposed root surfaces. It is intended only to thicken the existing tissue. Connective Tissue Grafting Surgery WILL provide as much root coverage as possible, thus thickening tissue and improving esthetic and sensitivity concerns.