Connective tissue grafts, common called “gum grafts” by our patients, are a popular procedure performed by our dentists while placing a dental implant. The procedure involves sampling a small piece of tissue form the palate, and hence, it is sometimes called a palate graft. The collected connective tissue is sutured into the area surrounding the implant, where there is its deficit. It guarantees a stable treatment result and is often necessary to reach an appropriate aesthetic effect. There are many indications to conduct this procedure during implant treatment. The aim is to obtain a stable result after placing an implant in the bone, and ideal pink aesthetics.
Upon implant placement, tissue is grafted from the palate to:
- Improve pink aesthetics without the effect of too long teeth;
- Improve a gum outline. A better stability of the bone tissue around the integrated implant;
- Increase gum thickness. A better blood supply of the bone in the areas of implant cervix;
- Extend the boarder of the alveolar gingiva and push away the muscle attachments. Often proximity of the buccinator’s attachment may result in complications and rejection of the dental implant. The procedure involving a free gingival graft (FGG) is the best solution for this problem.