Soft Tissue Grafting Restores Receding Gums for Improved Health and Aesthetics

If you have receding gums, a soft tissue graft can help restore the health and appearance of your smile. Dr. Bruce Gopin performs soft tissue grafting at our El Paso, TX, office to cover tooth roots that have become exposed due to gum disease or other causes. During the procedure, soft tissue is taken from the palate (the roof of the mouth) or another location, and is transferred to the gums. The new tissue will fuse with existing gum tissue, creating a healthy and even gumline. In addition to improving smile aesthetics, soft tissue grafting can also alleviate tooth sensitivity.

Soft Tissue Graft Candidates

Patients who have a receding gum line due to periodontal disease, aggressive brushing, teeth grinding, or clenching of the teeth may be candidates for a soft tissue graft procedure. These patients typically have exposed tooth roots, which causes severe sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks.

Periodontal disease should be treated and successfully managed prior to a soft tissue graft, to increase the likelihood of a successful graft.

What to Expect

Dr. Gopin will carefully review the soft tissue grafting procedure with you before you undergo treatment.


During your consultation with Dr. Gopin, he will examine your teeth and gums and review your medical and dental history to ensure that you are a candidate for a soft tissue graft. Together, you will discuss your goals for treatment and choose the specific graft technique that will meet your needs.

Advanced periodontal disease can have serious consequences if left untreated. However, a soft tissue graft can dramatically improve your oral health.

Tissue Graft Techniques

There are three different techniques that Dr. Gopin may use to perform your tissue graft:

  • Free Gingival Graft: This technique involves the removal and transfer of a minuscule piece of tissue from the palate. It is ideal for patients who have naturally thin gums.
  • Connective Tissue Graft: This method creates a flap in the palate: from beneath it, your doctor will remove a minuscule piece of tissue. He will then then transfer the tissue to the gumline and suture the flap.
  • Pedicle Graft: When performing a pedicle graft, your dentist will create a flap in nearby healthy gum tissue, which he will pull down to cover exposed roots and suture in place.


You will receive a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort during the procedure. Dr. Gopin will remove the tissue graft from the pre-selected location and attach the graft to the gums to cover the tooth roots. The graft will be sutured in place and if a flap was created on the roof of the mouth, that will be sutured in place as well. Dr. Gopin will give you specific post-treatment instructions regarding brushing and flossing and what to eat in the days following your procedure. 

Image of soft tissue grating for receding gums

Soft tissue grafting restores gums that are receding, and renews oral health and aesthetics.

Benefits of Soft Tissue Grafts

While there are a number of other treatment options for periodontal disease, soft tissue grafts may be used in severe cases to protect the teeth and gums against further damage and decay. A soft tissue graft will protect the teeth and gums from excessive plaque buildup, which can lead to further infection, and can reduce or eliminate sensitivity due to exposed tooth roots. The procedure also offers the benefit of improving the appearance of your gums and teeth, which may boost your confidence.

Schedule Your Consultation

Advanced periodontal disease can have serious consequences if left untreated. However, a soft tissue graft can dramatically improve your oral health. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gopin.

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