The Subepithelial Connective Tissue Graft is one of the most common procedures that can be performed for soft tissue root coverage. It is sometimes referred to as a connective tissue (CT) graft. This procedure is usually reserved for very advanced cases of recession.
What is a Subepithelial Connective Tissue Graft?
This type of graft is harvested from the palate (roof of the mouth). The obtained tissue is then placed into a pocket which has been created around the area of the recession being treated. The palate is sutured closed and a custom stent is designed to increase patient comfort while healing. This technique of grafting utilizing your own tissue from the roof of your mouth is very successful and can yield 90% and higher root coverage. The technique that Dr. Crofcheck utilizes to obtain the graft is completed with a single incision, so there is very little post-operative discomfort.
Before and After
Below are cases that were completed … to cover exposed roots. In the post-op photo the roots are covered and now have a pleasing youthful appearance. The tissue will continue to remodel and their appearance will continue to improve over 2 years.
These procedures are relatively pain-free! You will be prescribed a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication for any minor discomfort you may experience. A prescription mouthwash will be used to cleanse the site. Dr. Crofcheck is always available to answer any questions or concerns that you might have.
After the Subepithelial Connective Tissue Graft, the tissue from the roof of your mouth will integrate with the surrounding tissue. Soon you will not be able to tell a surgical procedure was completed.