What is Gum Grafting?

Soft tissue gum grafting is recommended when you have gum recession that has left the root of a tooth exposed, or you’re at risk of root exposure due to recession. Soft tissue grafting is a common procedure that is intended to regenerate your gum line and prevent further deterioration of the gums, while enhancing the appearance of your smile. If you’ve been suffering from receding gums, you’re not alone. Among adults, receding gums is a very serious problem that can lead to bad complications later. Receding gums can cause pain and discomfort. When the gum recedes it exposes more of the tooth root and makes it easier for the teeth to fall out or to become damaged. Receding gums can also affect the aesthetics of your smile. If you feel pain or discomfort around your gum line and your teeth are starting to appear longer, these may be symptoms of a receding gums issue. Fortunately, Dr. Cintron can help.

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The International Center for Dental Excellence offers state-of-the-art gum grafting treatments for any patient who may be suffering from receding gums.

Gum recession can be caused by:

    • Aggressive brushing
    • Gum Disease
    • Gum tissue that is naturally thin.
    • Previous orthodontic treatments.
  • Previous tooth loss.

The Benefits of Gum Grafting:

    • A gum grafting procedure will restore your receding gums.
    • Gum grafting can help protect you from future tooth loss.
    • Gum grafting can ease the pain and sensitivity that receding gums may cause.
    • Gum grafting can make your smile look beautiful and natural again.
    • Prevention or reduction of sensitivity.
    • Protection from future cavities.
    • Symmetry in your gum line, creating an improved smile.
  • Creation of a suitable environment for implant placement.

What can I expect from a soft tissue grafting procedure?

Prior to your procedure, we will go over any pre-operative instructions you should follow, as well as any specifics about the surgical process. The following steps may Include:


Local anesthetic applied to the grafting site



Existing gum tissue loosened to make room for tissue graft



Grafting material placed under the gum tissue and stabilized with a protective covering.



The area is sutured – stitches will either dissolve or be removed in 7 to 21 days.

Where does grafted tissue come from?

For years, the tissue needed for a Soft Tissue Grafting procedure had to be taken from another part of your mouth, requiring additional surgery. Today, grafting materials may be used in place of your own tissue, with no additional surgery required. During the healing process, the grafting material is intended to act as a scaffold and be replaced by your own cells, leaving only your own new gum tissue in place.

Dr. Cintron have successfully grafted soft tissue with materials mixed with Plasma Rich Growth factors (from the patients own blood) creating a great environment for new gum tissue to be formed with the patients own cells.

At The International Center for Dental Excellence, we offer two types of gum grafting procedures.

Soft Tissue Graft: In this type of gum grafting, a small piece of grafting material is implanted in areas where your gum line is receding. This type of graft restores and augments your gum tissue.

Connective Tissue Graft: In this type of gum grafting, alloderm regenerative tissue is used from rapid revascularization and cell migration useful for root coverage, gingival augmentation and augmentation around implants.

Regardless of the type of gum grafting procedure you choose, Dr. Cintron will provide you with expert care. The procedure is performed right in her office and follows a strict general protocol.

The Procedure:

    • First Dr. Cintron will numb the area using a local anesthesia. If you are anxious, you may request sedation dentistry to further alleviate any potential anxiety.
    • Once the area is numbed, Dr. Cintron will perform the graft and suture the area where the gum grafting took place.
  • After a few weeks the area around the gums will be completely healed and the stitches will dissolve on their own, leaving you with a healthy, beautiful gum line again.

Receding gums don’t have to affect your health, confidence, or smile. If you are interested in a gum grafting procedure, Dr. Cintron has the expertise and compassion to restore your gums to their natural state. Call today if you have any questions or to make an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you attain the smile and health you deserve.