Gum grafting

Before

Gum grafting

At Placement

Gum grafting

After

This photo is an example of how alloderm is applied underneath the gums, the gum tissue is pulled down and over to cover the alloderm and then sutures (stitches) are inserted to allow healing. Note no incisions or cuts on the gum tissue, this is due to the tunneling technique which is performed completely below the gumline.

When your gums recede, your tooth also becomes more vulnerable to bacterial infection and trauma. Not only is your oral health affected, but the appearance of your smile as well.

If gum recession is left untreated, it may lead to bone loss and tooth loss. You may also increase your risk of developing sensitivity and cavities.

Patients experience receding gum line mostly due to gum disease. There are also other factors, such as genetics and bruxism. Regardless of the cause of receding gums, one option you can look into is gum grafting.

Gum grafting helps enhance the look of your smile and can also help treat dental issues, such as tooth sensitivity. Before, the tissue has to be taken from another part of your mouth to proceed to the gum grafting procedure. This can be painful and the results can be less than perfect. 

AlloDerm

At Roseborough, we use AlloDerm for gum grafting procedures. AlloDerm allows us to completely cover recessed gum line areas without having to remove tissue from your mouth.

This procedure is used not only in dentistry but also in the field of medicine. It was originally developed for the benefit of burn patients. Dental professionals train under Dr. Edward P. Allen, one of the world’s most renowned instructors of periodontal surgery and AlloDerm.

With AlloDerm, you don’t need to experience pain from sourcing tissue in your own mouth. The damaged tissue is restored.

Benefits of AlloDerm

  • Avoid incurring a second surgical wound.
  • Get one or several teeth treated within one or two appointments.
  • Lessen dental visits and save time and money overall.
  • Get your gum graft adjusted according to your needs.
  • Increase the long-term success of your gum graft treatment.

Tunnel Grafting

In this procedure, we use the tunneling method to place the AlloDerm graft into the gum tissue. This creates an ideal environment for gum tissues to grow and regenerate. Tunnel grafting is often used in cases where the tooth root needs to have a thicker or taller covering.

It’s different from the traditional gum grafting procedure due to the lack of incisions. The latter requires incisions that may result in scarring. Using the tunneling method for AlloDerm gum graft also ensures adequate blood supply to the gum tissue, increasing its success rate.

Recovering After Your Gum Grafting Treatment

Before your treatment, we’ll prescribe you with an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medicine to prevent infection and swelling. You need to take these to help ensure a smooth recovery.

After your AlloDerm gum grafting procedure, we’ll provide you with Tylenol or Advil which you’ll take before leaving the office. We also recommend applying an ice pack to prevent swelling as your gum graft heals.

Most of our patients take Tylenol or Advil up to 3 days and discontinue after that. Overall. The procedure should cause slight discomfort for the first few days of healing.

Do you have more questions about gum grafting? Contact our team today at(289) 814-3578.