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Tooth soft tissue

In this publication, we would like to take a closer look at a fundamental topic for dental health: the soft tissue of the tooth. And who better to address this issue than the experienced team at Clínica Ford?

The soft tissue of the tooth is part of a set of vital structures that surround and protect our teeth. From the gums to the periodontal ligaments, these tissues work in harmony to maintain oral health and ensure radiant smiles.

What is the soft tissue of the tooth?

The soft tissue of the tooth is an important part of the tooth structure that surrounds and supports the teeth, as it includes two key elements: the gingiva (gum) and the periodontal ligament, which work together to provide support and protection to the teeth.

Types of soft tissues found in the mouth

The following components are part of the soft tissues of the tooth, which perform essential functions in maintaining oral health:

Gingiva or gingiva

The gingiva is the soft tissue that covers part of the crown of the tooth and attaches around the neck of each tooth; it has a pale pink color and is the visible part of the soft tissues of the tooth.

Periodontal ligament

The periodontal ligament is a tissue formed by fibers that connect the tooth to the alveolar bone. This acts as a shock absorber between the tooth and the bone, allowing the tooth to move slightly and absorb the forces of chewing.

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Causes of damage to the soft tissues of the tooth

The soft tissues of the tooth can be affected by various causes that can lead to damage and oral health problems. Some of them are:

  • Periodontal diseases (gingivitis and periodontitis).
  • Poor oral hygiene: inadequate brushing of teeth and gums, improper flossing and lack of regular dental visits.
  • Oral trauma (direct blows to the teeth or gums).
  • Dental malocclusion.
  • Regular or excessive use of tobacco, alcohol and other harmful substances.
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Symptoms of soft tissue damage to teeth

Symptoms associated with soft tissue damage to the tooth are:

  • Swollen gums.
  • Bleeding gums.
  • Sensitive gums.
  • Retraction of the gums.
  • Dental instability (loose teeth).
  • Persistent bad breath.

Diagnosis of soft tissue damage of teeth

The diagnosis of damage to the soft tissues of the tooth can be made by a dentist or periodontist using different methods. Some of the most commonly used techniques are as follows:

Clinical examination

The dentist will examine the mouth and gums to evaluate any signs of soft tissue damage. This includes: visual inspection of the gums, palpation of the affected areas and assessment of tooth mobility.


Dental radiographs (periapical or panoramic) help detect soft tissue damage, bone loss or the presence of fractures.

Insertion level measurement

With a periodontal probe, the dental specialist will measure the depth of the periodontal pockets, i.e. the space between the gum and the tooth. This may indicate the presence of soft tissue damage.

Treatment of soft tissue lesions of the teeth

Treatments for soft tissue injuries to the tooth may vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury.

Wound care

For minor soft tissue injuries, such as lacerations or abrasions, treatment may include carefully cleaning the wound with soap and warm water, applying a cold compress to reduce swelling and pain, and using antibacterial mouthwash to prevent infection.


In cases of deeper or extensive wounds, sutures may be necessary to close the wound and promote proper healing.

Laser therapy

Occasionally, laser therapy may be used to stimulate soft tissue healing and reduce inflammation.


Depending on the situation, analgesics to control pain and antibiotics to prevent or treat bacterial infections may be prescribed.

Reconstructive surgery

In more severe injuries or with significant soft tissue damage, reconstructive surgery may be necessary. This may involve tissue transplantation or the use of tissue grafts to restore the functionality and appearance of damaged tissues.

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Don't let a minor injury get worse!

Make an appointment with one of our dental specialists to quickly treat and heal any soft tissue damage to the tooth.

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