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Root exposure can cause substantial pain and discomfort. Eating hot, cold or even warm foods can cause severe discomfort. If you have receding gums, a gum graft can help cover your exposed tooth roots. A connective tissue graft is one of the most common types of gum grafts

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Benefits of a Connective Tissue Graft

  • Increased comfort: Connective tissue grafts cover the exposed root, decrease sensitivity, and restore good health to the gum area
  • Improved aesthetics: Gum recession due to periodontal disease can cause your smile to look “toothy” – or your teeth to appear uneven in size. Connective tissue grafting can be used as a cosmetic procedure to re-augment the gums and make your smile appear more symmetrical.
  • Improved gum health: Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that can destroy soft tissue rapidly. When used in combination with deep cleaning procedures, connective tissue grafting can halt tissue and bone loss – and protect exposed roots from further complications.

The Connective Tissue Graft Procedure

During the procedure, a flap of skin is cut at the roof of your mouth (palate). Tissue from under the flap, called subepithelial connective tissue, is removed and then stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed root. After the connective tissue has been removed from under the palatal flap, the flap is stitched back down.
Some dentists and patients prefer to use graft material from a tissue bank instead of from the roof of the mouth. Your Park Smiles NYC dentist will tell you which method will work best for you.

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June 18, 2024

Our skilled team at Park Smiles NYC, led by Dr. Aryeh Mahana is highly skilled and dedicated to offering a comprehensive array of the very best dental services in New York City. We use our extensive expertise in crafting the highest level of quality care.