What Is Soft Tissue Grafting In Conjunction With Orthodontics?

A grafting procedure may be indicted prior or after orthodontic therapy. This procedure is required to augment missing gum tissue. Due to the direction that a tooth erupts into the mouth, defects to the attached gum tissue may be present. This insufficient gum tissue may not be adequate to allow tooth movement without risking the tooth. Different attachments known as frenums may also act to pull the gums away from the teeth. Grafting is indicated to correct these developmental defects. Your orthodontist will direct you to have this procedure when it is indicated.

Another use of Soft tissue grafting is to cover exposed roots. This can also be done either before or after orthodontic therapy. Your dental professional will help you to determine the timing of this procedure.

During this procedure, Dr. Straka takes gum tissue from the palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root or defective area. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even the gum line. A protective stent is part of the treatment plan to cover the palate provide better comfort and healing.