A soft tissue graft is a procedure to cover tooth roots or replace lost soft gum tissue resulting from excessive gingival recession. Healthy gum tissue is removed from the palate or taken from another donor source and attached to the area where the soft tissue has receded. This added tissue reseals and protects the tooth and underlying bone from further recession and bone loss. Covering the exposed roots can also protect against decay and reduce tooth sensitivity. Soft tissue grafts are also used in cosmetic procedures to improve the esthetics of the patients smile.