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Periodontal Disease
Systemic Effects of Periodontal Disease

Soft Tissue Grafting

Recession of the gum tissue results in exposed tooth roots. Often exposed roots make teeth appear too long and can cause sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Exposed tooth roots are also more susceptible to decay and can lead to localized gum disease problems due to increased plaque build up. Soft tissue grafting surgery can repair the soft tissue defect and help prevent further recession. This surgery is accomplished by taking gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and transplanting it over the exposed root surface. The benefits of this
procedure include protecting the root
from decay, decreasing sensitivity, and
improving the esthetics.