What Is a Connective Tissue Graft?
A connective tissue graft utilizes tissue from the roof of the mouth, but this tissue is the sub-epithelial connective tissue layer. A flap in the roof of the mouth is created, and then we remove the tissue to graft it on the receded area. The flap will then be reconnected. This is a very common procedure when the roots of a tooth are exposed.
What Is a Pedicle (Lateral) Graft?
A pedicle graft, also called a lateral graft, utilizes the gum tissue next to the recessed gum area. A flap of this tissue is incised and then used to cover the recessed area. This type of graft has a high success rate because the blood supply to the grafted tissue is kept intact. We can only use this graft if the adjacent tissue is very healthy.
What Is the Process of Getting a Soft Tissue Gum Graft?
First, we will schedule a consultation where the dentist will determine if a gum graft surgery is necessary. The type of soft tissue gum graft will depend on the health of your gums and the extent of the gum recession. During the soft tissue gum graft, you will be kept comfortable with a local anesthetic.
After the procedure, you may experience a little pain, some swelling, and maybe some bruising. You can use over-the-counter pain medication, or the dentist will prescribe medication if necessary. We will also conduct follow-ups to check on progress and remove any stitches. It can take up to 6 months for a new gum graft to fully integrate.