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Toledo Dentist, Dentist in Toledo, OH


Matthew R Lark, DDS, MAGD

General Dentistry, Implants,Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain

Our Services

Soft Tissue Dermis Graft 

A soft tissue graft is used when there has been a significant amount of gum recession in a particular area.  Slight gum recession can usually be fixed with a few changes to your oral hygiene routine to take better care of your teeth and gums.  When the gingiva recedes further it exposes you to greater risk for infection and bacterial penetration.  You will likely be more sensitive to hot and cold foods when you have receding gums.  If the gums recede enough as to expose the root you can set yourself up for more serious problems.  The root is softer than the enamel making it more vulnerable to bacteria and plaque. 

To restore proper gum level and functionality a soft tissue graft can be performed.  This is done by either removing soft tissue from the roof of the mouth, or repositioning healthy gum tissue from adjacent teeth.  This procedure is very predictable and has a high success rate.  This procedure should be performed before more serious problems develop and periodontal surgery is necessary.

A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. The appropriate size of donor acellular dermis is grafted to the underlying gum tissue over the recession. There is minimal discomfort with this technique. The dermis is soaked in the Growth Factor (PRGF)to speed up healing, decrease discomfort, and to aid the conversion of the dermis to your own natural tissue.

Alloderm supports tissue regeneration by allowing rapid revascularization, white cell migration, and cell population, ultimately being transformed into host tissue, for a strong natural repair.


The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.

 When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for us to thoroughly remove plaque and tarter. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these deep pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health. In some cases, the occlusion (bite) may require adjustment. 

Patients can expect to be comfortable during the procedure. With the exception of slight cold sensitivity and tenderness, discomfort is rare following root planing. Patients can expect to return to work immediately after the appointment.

We proudly offer soft tissue grafts at our convenient location in Toledo, OH. A soft tissue graft is a popluar cosmetic procedure that can benefit many people who are suffering from gum recession in esthetic areas.