Patients may think that surgical procedures related to the mouth are solely intended to resolve issues with the bones or teeth, but some dental surgery is designed to address problems with the gums, as well. One such procedure is a soft tissue graft.
This type of dental surgery involves transplanting donor tissue obtained from elsewhere in the mouth, often the palate, onto an area that is deficient in gum tissue.
Soft tissue grafts are often used in cases of receding gums, which can be caused by periodontal disease, an aggressive brushing technique or age.
When the gums recede, the teeth