Why do I need soft tissue grafting?
Soft Tissue Grafting is recommended when you have gum recession that has left the root of a tooth exposed, or you're at risk of root exposure due to recession. Soft Tissue Grafting is a common procedure that is intended to recreate your gum line and prevent further deterioration of the gums, while enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Gum recession can be caused by:
- Aggressive brushing
- Gum disease
- Gum tissue that is naturally thin
- Previous orthodontic treatments
- Previous tooth loss
What are the potential benefits of soft tissue grafting?
For decades, Soft Tissue Grafting has been an effective method for repairing and recreating lost gum tissue. Over time, techniques and materials have steadily improved, limiting the need to take tissue from another part of your mouth.
Why is thick tissue better than thin?
Thick gum tissue is critical to maintaining a healthy gum line and mouth. It makes your gums more resistant to recession over time and it is more comfortable to brush. Additionally, thick gum tissue is important for achieving aesthetic results. Thick tissue helps to ensure that the metal portion of the implant does not show through and create a darker appearance in the implant area.
Additional potential benefits may include:
- Prevention or reduction of sensitivity by covering the exposed root
- Protection from future cavities
- Symmetry in your gum line, creating an improved smile
- Creation of a suitable environment for implant placement
What can I expect from a soft tissue grafting procedure?
Prior to your procedure, your doctor will go over any pre-operative instructions you should follow, as well as any specifics about the surgical process. The following general steps may be included:
- A local anaesthetic is applied to the grafting site.
- The existing gum tissue is loosened to make room for the tissue graft.
- The grafting material is placed under the gum tissue at the grafting site and stabilized with a protective covering.
- The area is sutured—stitches will either dissolve or be removed by your doctor in 7 to 21 days.
- Allow a few weeks to a few months for healing depending on
your doctor's recommendation.
How can I reduce the risk of gum recession in the future?
There are several ways you can help to maintain your gum line and the health of your gums.
- Use a soft toothbrush
- Avoid abrasive toothpastes
- Ask your doctor or dental hygienist to advise you on proper brushing techniques
The importance of gum tissue, and bringing it back to life
Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from disease and helps produce a great smile. However, when you experience gum tissue loss around your teeth, it can be the beginning of serious oral health problems. Fortunately, we can now perform a predictable procedure for reversing this tissue loss. In the past, this procedure has required that a piece of tissue be harvested from the roof of the mouth to serve as the graft material. Unfortunately, not everyone has enough tissue available, or wants to have tissue taken from this sensitive area. Now, however, you have a choice.
Since its introduction to dentistry in 1994, AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix has been a widely accepted acellular dermal matrix (ADM) for soft tissue applications. AlloDerm supports tissue regeneration by allowing rapid revascularization, white cell migration and cell population - ultimately being transformed into host tissue for a strong, natural repair.
- Root coverage
- Gingival augmentation
- Soft tissue ridge augmentation
- Soft tissue augmentation around implants
AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix
AlloDerm provides the missing components needed to restore health to damaged or receding tissue. It leads to fast healing with no second surgical site, and delivers great cosmetic results.
How does AlloDerm work?
AlloDerm provides the collagen, structure and proteins that help your body's own tissue grow and remodel. The collagen serves as a scaffold into which your cells can grow. The proteins act as recruiters, drawing your cells into the graft, and telling them how to remodel it.
What happens to the AlloDerm during the healing process?
As the body's natural processes take over, your own cells move into the AlloDerm. Over time, your cells transform the AlloDerm into your own healthy gum tissue. Once recovery is complete, you won't be able to tell the AlloDerm was ever there.
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