Your gums do more than support your teeth. They also guard your mouth, jaws tooth roots and even your body against the bacteria in your mouth. In order to do that, your gums need to be healthy. Regular checkups with our dentist, Dr. Bob Johnson, will give them the chance to detect and treat gums disease. In some cases, you may need a gum graft in Grand Junction, Colorado. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, contact Horizon Dental Care at 970-245-3633.
A soft tissue graft, also called a gum graft, is a graft of gingival tissue. A gum graft may be needed to correct gingival recession, or to improve the appearance of an uneven gum line.
During the gum grafting procedure, our dentist will stitch grafting tissue onto the area of the gums that needs additional tissue. Based on your particular needs and desires, the tissue graft may be taken from another area of your mouth or from a tissue bank. When using your own tissues, the graft may be taken from the roof of the mouth or from the surrounding gums. Our dentist will help you determine which type of gum graft is best suited to your individual needs. In some cases, we may also use
tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage your body’s natural growth abilities and promote faster healing.
Our dentist may recommend a soft tissue graft if you have experienced gingival recession. The gum tissues may recede if your smile is aﬀected by periodontal disease; overaggressive brushing may also cause gum recession. When not treated with a gingival graft, gum recession may eventually lead to tooth loss due to lack of support from the gum tissues. A gum graft can also improve the appearance of your smile. To learn more about how soft tissue grafting can improve the health and beauty of your smile, we welcome you to contact our oﬃce today.