Why Consider Gum Grafting?

Gum graft - why consider gum grafting?

Gum recession is sometimes treated by retrieving soft tissue from the roof (palate) of your mouth. However, removing a section of your palate creates unnecessary pain and discomfort.

Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from periodontal disease, decay and sensitivity while giving you a great smile. Routine dental check-ups along with proper brushing are essential for maintaining healthy gums, however some patients may require treatment for their recession.

Why treat gum recession:

Aggressive tooth brushing and periodontal disease are two primary causes for recession, which can lead to the following:

  • unattractive smile
  • root sensitivity
  • loss of supporting bone
  • tooth decay
  • plaque build-up
  • risk of future recession

About gum grafting with AlloDerm® RTM:

Gum recession is sometimes treated by retrieving soft tissue from the roof (palate) of your mouth. However, removing a section of your palate creates unnecessary pain and discomfort. AlloDerm® Regenerative Tissue Matrix enables your clinician to restore your smile without retrieving tissue from the palate. AlloDerm® RTM provides a natural esthetic outcome and a predictable alternative to using your own tissue.

What is AlloDerm® RTM?

AlloDerm® RTM is donated tissue that has been processed to remove cells creating a regenerative tissue matrix. Its success in soft tissue treatments is documented by more than 10 years of dental applications and research.

AlloDerm® RTM safety:

AlloDerm® RTM is widely used in the medical and dental fields for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Since its introduction in 1994, over one million AlloDerm®RTM grafts have been successfully placed. Donor tissue is extensively screened and tested and then undergoes proprietary procedures to ensure that AlloDerm®RTM is ready for use in patients.

Benefits of AlloDerm® RTM:

Thousands of clinicians and patients have made AlloDerm® RTM their choice for gum recession due to the following advantages:

  • excellent safety profile and predictable alternative to your own tissue
  • offers natural esthetic outcome
  • avoids pain and potential complications associated with removing palatal tissue

What to expect:

The site may be covered with a dressing material. Recovery instructions can vary for each patient and will be provided by Dr. Conness’ well trained staff. Instructions may include but are not limited to:

  • limit tooth brushing near site
  • avoid chewing near site
  • take medications as prescribed:
  • antibiotics
  • pain medication
  • mouth rinse

Are you a candidate?

Discuss your full medical history with Dr. Conness. Patient results may vary. Only a trained clinician can determine the best treatment plan for you. Please ask Dr. Conness to explain the benefits and risks to see if AlloDerm® RTM gum grafting is right for you. For more information click here to view gum grafting brochure from Biohorizons or go directly to Biohorizons website at www.biohorizons.com and click on the “patient tab.”