Soft Tissue Procedures

 Soft Tissue Injuries

When soft tissue injuries such as lacerations occur on the face, gingival tissues (gums), or lining of the mouth they are repaired by suturing.  In addition to the obvious concern of providing a repair that yields the best cosmetic result possible, care is taken to inspect and treat injuries such as facial nerves, salivary glands, salivary ducts, blood vessels, etc.

Soft Tissue Recontouring

These procedures are performed to remove excessive gingival tissue surrounding the teeth/implant due to concerns with hygiene (difficulty cleaning the associated tooth or implant) and/or cosmetic concerns (to provide better contours around the teeth or implant).

This procedure is performed when there is excessive gingival (gum) and/or muscle is removed and/or repositioned.This will provide for stability of the position of the teeth in the areas of the frenum (muscle attachment) that has caused a space between the teeth (usually the upper central incisors). This procedure is also indicated for ankyloglossia or tongue tie. Reducing the frenum (muscle attachment) of the tongue will increase the mobility of the tongue to improve function such as speech and eating.

Soft Tissue Grafting

Soft tissue grafting is most frequently performed to replace or buildup adequate gum tissue around natural teeth or implants. These grafts are both functional and cosmetic.  Loss of gum tissue can occur due to periodontal disease, tooth loss, infection, or pathology.  Loose gingival tissue forms a poor seal around the teeth and implants and is susceptible to inflammation which may result in infection when located in direct proximity to teeth, dental implants, and other dental appliances.  A potential problem with lack of tissue is gingival recession which results in the loss of bone and supporting structure eventually leading to a decreased stability and loss of tooth or implant.




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