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Soft Tissue Grafting at Center for Implant Dentistry, Fremont

I have been doing my research and have gone to many dentists but nobody took as much time as Dr. Jain in explaining to me the various treatment options for my missing teeth. His pricing is also good so I opted for the treatment on the first visit. Doctor and other staff checked my vital signs and did the surgery under sedation and put four screws (implants) in my lower jaw bone. Surgery was not too bad. Staff was nice they gave me a blanket, yogurt, and juice. Next visit they gave me artificial teeth and nobody in my office knows that they are not real teeth. Now I can smile fully without hiding it. Looking forward to getting new permanent teeth in six months. Thanks, Dr. Jain and his Staff.

- Kevin W.

 

YOUR GUMS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU MAY THINK

Dentist check up and repair tooth of young girl

When you look at your smile in the mirror, you probably look at your teeth. People rarely pay attention to their gums, which is one of the reasons that periodontal disease often goes unnoticed. However, the gums can have a dramatic impact on the appearance and health of your smile.
If periodontal disease, age or other factors have caused your gum tissue to recede, your teeth will appear longer. This is due to the exposure of the roots. Unlike the crown, the part of the tooth that you see, there is no enamel on the root. It is covered with a much softer material that is more vulnerable to erosion from bacteria. Exposed roots may lead to heightened sensitivity and even the worsening of periodontal disease and other dental conditions.

RESTORING YOUR GUM LINE

Soft tissue grafting is a gentle surgical procedure used to restore the health, functionality, and appearance of gingival tissue. The procedure begins with local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. We also offer sedation for a relaxing, stress-free visit. A small amount of healthy tissue is removed from a donor site and then attached to the gingival tissue in the treatment area.
The most common soft tissue techniques are:

Connective tissue grafting

  • Tissue is taken from under a small flap created in the palate (roof of your mouth) and attached to the gums. The flap is then closed with sutures.

Free gingival grafting

  • This is similar to connective tissue grafting, but there is no flap;
  • Tissue is taken from the surface of the palate.

Pedicle grafting

  • A small flap is created in healthy gum tissue adjacent to the treatment site. One edge of the flap remains attached, and the flap is arranged to cover the exposed root.
The additional tissue helps to seal and protect the surface of the root and reduce sensitivity. The procedure improves the appearance of your smile by eliminating the “long in the tooth”  look. We can also contour your gumline to create the ideal frame for your dazzling smile.
If you are considering grafting or gum contouring for health or aesthetic reasons, call Center for Implant Dentistry at  (510) 338-4490 to schedule your private consultation.

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