Soft Tissue Grafts
Recession of the gums may be caused by many factors, including heavy toothbrushing or clenching of the teeth. Sometimes, recession causes the tooth root to become exposed, giving your teeth a longer appearance, and making you look older than you are. As the gum that protects the root surface of the tooth is lost, not only does it create an esthetic deformity, it makes the tooth more sensitive to changes in temperature, touch, and to proper oral hygiene techniques. The exposed root surfaces also are more susceptible to cavities.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
Gum grafts are designed to cover exposed roots, to reduce further gum recession and to protect vulnerable roots from decay.
Soft Tissue Grafting
The most important articulator for speech production is undoubtedly the tongue. During speech, the amazing range of movements the tongue can make include tip-elevation, retraction, grooving, and protrusion. A lingual frenotomy is performed when the "muscle attachment" restricts the tongue's natural movement and is sometimes referred to as "tongue clipping". It is often done with a local anaesthetic.