A receding gum line is one of the visible signs of periodontal disease and has the ability to encourage further damage by allowing greater access to the bacteria that causes it. Traditionally, it has been not feasible to treat receding gums. AlloDerm is a major breakthrough for cosmetic dentistry. While it is not possible to regrow receding gums, Alloderm allows for the predictable treatment of receding gums, essentially reversing this sign of aging and giving patients back a beautiful smile.
Grafting works by repairing damaged tissue by providing a foundation for new tissue regeneration. You’ve probably heard the term associated with skin grafting. Your gums are structured the same way. Traditionally, the foundation gum tissue is harvested from somewhere else in the patients mouth and then transplanted where needed. Soon after placement, blood flows from the natural gum tissue into the graft. The patient’s own cells move into the AlloDerm and begin the process of tissue regeneration. Over time, healthy gum tissue will regrow and transform into tissue that looks and functions naturally. Alloderm spares the patient a second surgical site where the tissue would have been taken.
AlloDerm® is derived from donated human skin tissue. Human skin is composed two parts, the epidermis and the dermis. AlloDerm uses only the dermis, which does not contain DNA. The dermis is used for grafts because it contains a framework of structural components that allow regeneration and replacement throughout life.
AlloDerm is safe. All tissue donors are screened and tested for transmissible diseases before tissue is processed. Before AlloDerm is deemed fit for human use, additional tests are performed to assure patient safety. AlloDerm allows doctors the ability to treat multiple areas of recession in one procedure, thus avoiding the cost and pain of multiple surgeries.
Recovery after Gum Grafting Surgery
After surgery, it is normal to have some initial swelling and possibly some mild bruising—all minimal side-effect similar to those of any other minor cosmetic procedure. It’s important to give the area time to heal: Avoid pulling on the lip to look at the area of surgery or persistently rubbing your tongue over the area. This could lead to increased swelling and delay healing. Even brushing should be avoided for seven to ten days to prevent damage the graft in the early healing phase.
Healing times differ from person to person and on the complexity of the procedure. Excellent results would be visible immediately after surgery with complete maturation of the graft taking up to three months to occur. The body’s natural healing process will stimulate cells to enter the graft and begin the regeneration and integration process shortly after surgery. Once the swelling goes down, gums appear natural and there is no sign of the AlloDerm graft, just restored and healthy gum tissue.
Recovery instructions can vary for each patient and will be provided by your dental specialist. Instructions may include but are not limited to:
- limit tooth brushing near site
- avoid chewing near site
- take medications as prescribed:
– pain medication
– mouth rinse
Dr. Tal Morr provides patients with AlloDerm grafting as a treatment to fix receding gum lines that will last for a lifetime. Contact our Miami dentist office, TM Prosthodontics, for more information.