Receding gums are a prevalent problem in the United States, but people rarely get the treatment they need. IF not treated, gum recession can cause tooth loss and may require a surgery to replace lost tissue and repair damage.
Gum surgery sounds scarier than it actually is, in fact, there are several different options depending on your needs:
Crown Lengthening. Crown lengthening is a procedure done to either expose more sound tooth structure when a tooth is broken down (to create a foundation) or to level soft tissues for aesthetic purposes (symmetry of the gums).
Pocket Reduction. This procedure is done to with cover exposed root surfaces or to build up a ridge where a tooth is missing so that we can make it appear as if it is emerging from the gums, or thicken the tissue around an implant.
Connective Tissue Grafting. This procedure is done to either recover exposed root surfaces or to build up a ridge where a tooth is missing so that we can make it appear as if it is emerging from the gums, or thicken the tissue around an implant.
Gum Grafting with Alloderm® Tissue Matrix
Alloderm® Regenerative Tissue Matrix is a human dermal matrix that provides the scaffold that enables your body’s own tissue to grow and remodel.
How safe is Alloderm?
Alloderm grafting material has been FDA approved since 1992 and is available for use in the United States. Because it is derived from donated human skin, it is put through a very thorough screening process and sterilization process to ensure there is no risk of rejection or potential for disease transmission.
Outside of its use in dental applications, AlloDerm has been used extensively treating severe burns and in reconstructive plastic surgery. After 450,000+ procedures, there has never been a reported case of a viral disease transmitted from an AlloDerm tissue.
What can I expect after surgery?
Healing time varies depending on the patient and the procedure. Like any surgery, you may have some swelling and mild bruising around the surgical site.
You should experience significant healing within the first week, as your body’s natural healing processes encourage your cells to incorporate the graft. The graft needs to stay as secure as possible throughout the healing process, so exercise caution when brushing and eating after surgery. Maintaining your oral health is important to ensure a successful graft. Complete healing may take 4 to 6 months depending on the type and scope of surgery.