At her private dental practice in California, Dr. Monica Boniadi offers patients access to a wide variety of treatments, including veneers, implants, and alignment. Monica Boniadi, DDS, also performs periodontal procedures such as gum tissue grafting.
For many patients, tissue grafting stands out as a high-potential treatment for gum recession. This condition, which affects 4 percent to 12 percent of adults, can occur so gradually that it remains undetected until roots are exposed. This can cause temperature sensitivity and, if allowed to continue, can result in tooth loss. Replacing the lost tissue can help many patients avoid these outcomes, though the same procedure may also be helpful for those seeking purely aesthetic improvements.
In most cases of tissue grafting, the practitioner cuts away a flap of skin from the palate, removes a piece of connective tissue from underneath, then attaches this tissue to the area to be treated. Dentists may choose to harvest tissue directly from the palate or from the nearby tooth, though the latter is possible only if the surrounding area has tissue to spare. Other patients will require donor material, which practitioners typically source from a tissue bank. A qualified practitioner can help a patient understand if tissue grafting is the most appropriate option considering individual circumstances.