Receding gums are generally a result of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, receding gums also increase the likelihood that bacteria will have increased access to exposed teeth. Gum grafting is a simple dental procedure offered by periodontist, Dr. Michael Seda, that can replace the gum tissue barrier that protects your teeth, and it can restore the attractive appearance of a healthy gum line.
Connective-Tissue Gum Grafting for Receding Gums
In this type of gum grafting, Dr. Seda will harvest the donor tissue from under a flap of skin cut into the roof of your mouth. The flap is then pressed down and sutured back into place. The donor tissue is sewn into the area surrounding the site of the receding gums and will eventually integrate with the existing gum tissue.
Free Gingival Gum Grafting for Receding Gums
Free gingival gum grafting is a recommended option for those patients with thin gums. This method is similar to the connective-tissue gum grafting, but instead of taking the donor tissue from under the flap, the tissue is taken directly from the roof of the mouth and placed on the site of the receding gums in need of treatment.
Pedicle Gum Grafting for Receding Gums
With pedicle gum grafting, the donor tissue is part of the gum tissue surrounding the exposed tooth root. A flap is cut into the tissue, which is then deftly stretched to cover the site of the receding gums and sutured into place. This method is utilized only in cases where patients have ample gum tissue.
If you are concerned about the advancement of periodontal disease or embarrassed by the amount of tooth that you have showing, contact our office today. Dr. Seda can discuss all of the options available to you to restore your healthy, attractive smile.
AlloDerm in Gum Grafting Procedures
AlloDerm® Regenerative Tissue Matrix is often used in dental grafts to cover exposed tooth roots, for gingival augmentation, soft tissue ridge augmentation, and soft tissue augmentation around dental implants. AlloDerm® is the most published acellular dermal matrix (ADM) in implant dentistry and has been shown to significantly reduce post-operative complications.
AlloDerm® is derived from donated human skin tissue. Human skin is composed of both epidermis and dermis. AlloDerm® uses only the dermis, which is acellular and does not contain DNA. The dermis is used for grafts because it contains a framework of biochemical and structural components that allow it to regenerate and replace itself throughout life. This makes the dermis ideal for tissue grafting.
Tissue donors are screened and tested for transmissible diseases including HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis before tissue is processed. Before AlloDerm® is deemed fit for human use, additional tests are performed to assure patient safety. AlloDerm® has been used in more than 750,000 implants and grafts without a single report of disease transmission.
Using AlloDerm® is like using a patient’s own tissue except that it spares the patient a second surgical site where the tissue would have been taken. AlloDerm® allows doctors the ability to treat multiple areas of recession in one procedure, thus avoiding the cost and pain of multiple surgeries.
Dr. Seda, a periodontist located in Marin County, CA, services patients from San Rafael, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Larkspur, Ross and San Anselmo. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!