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AlloDerm gum graft is a popular treatment option for individuals suffering from gum recession. This innovative procedure offers numerous benefits that can help restore gum health and enhance the appearance of your smile.
To reduce your risk of serious oral health issues, keeping your gums in optimal health is important. When your gums are not properly cared for, they may recede and cause the roots of your teeth to expose. If you are coping with gum recession, a gum graft with AlloDerm® by LifeCell may be what you need to reverse tissue loss and restore gum health. Dr. John Paul Gallardo is pleased to offer AlloDerm® to patients in the Miami area who are suffering from receding gums.
What is AlloDerm®?
Good Candidates for AlloDerm®
Patients who are generally healthy but have been diagnosed with moderate to severe gum recession are ideal candidates for AlloDerm®. Dr. Gallardo examines each patient’s teeth, mouth, and gums to determine whether AlloDerm® is a good option for their individual needs.
What to Expect During an AlloDerm® Consultation
An AlloDerm® consultation is a great way for patients to find out if the procedure is right for them. After reviewing a patient’s medical history, Dr. Gallardo will evaluate the patient’s receding gums. If he believes AlloDerm® is a viable treatment option, he will go over the procedure and aftercare process. In the event that AlloDerm® not a good fit for the patient, he will recommend an effective alternative.
Examining Your Mouth and Teeth
A thorough examination of your mouth and teeth will be conducted to assess the extent of your gum recession and determine if AlloDerm® is the most suitable treatment option for your needs.
Reviewing Your Medical History
Dr. Gallardo will review your medical history to ensure that there are no underlying health conditions that could compromise healing and impact the success of the AlloDerm® graft.
Discussing Possible AlloDerm® Graft Options
There are different types of AlloDerm® tissue grafts available, and Dr. Gallardo will discuss the most appropriate option for your specific situation.
Explaining the Procedure and Recovery Processes
Your dental professional will explain the AlloDerm® procedure in detail, including the steps involved and what to expect during the recovery process.
Going Over Potential Risks and Benefits of AlloDerm® Grafts
As with any medical procedure, there are benefits and also a potential risk of complications associated with AlloDerm® grafts. You will discuss these at the consultation and be able to ask any questions that you have.
Deciding if AlloDerm® Graft is Right for You
After reviewing all of the information, having your gums examined, and discussing your options, you and Dr. Gallardo will determine if AlloDerm® is the right treatment option for your gum recession.
What Causes Gum Recession?
A variety of factors can cause gum recession, including:
Aggressive Brushing or Flossing
Using excessive force when brushing or flossing can cause the gums to recede over time.
Due to their genetic makeup, some individuals may be predisposed to gum recession.
Hormonal fluctuations, such as those experienced during pregnancy or menopause, can cause gums to become more sensitive and prone to recession.
Certain Medical Conditions
Conditions like diabetes or autoimmune disorders can increase the risk of gum recession.
Poor Dental Hygiene
Smoking or Chewing Tobacco
Tobacco use can cause gum irritation and inflammation, increasing the risk of gum recession.
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Most Common Signs of Gum Recession
Gum recession is not a condition that suddenly appears
Gum recession is not a condition that suddenly appears. In fact, many patients may not even notice that their gums have receded. This condition occurs gradually and may cause teeth to become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, make teeth appear longer than usual, cause the spaces between teeth to expand, and expose the roots of the teeth.
Call our office as soon as possible if you believe you might be displaying signs of gum recession so that Dr. Gallardo can evaluate it. Waiting to seek professional medical attention may compromise the health and function of the teeth.
Teeth That Appear Longer than Normal
As gums recede, more of the tooth becomes exposed, making teeth appear longer than they used to.
Gums That Have Pulled Away from the Teeth
Receding gums often create gaps between the teeth and the gum line, making teeth appear less supported.
Sensitive Teeth and Gums
Receding gums can expose the tooth’s root, causing increased sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages.
Visible Pockets Forming in Between Teeth and Gums
As gums recede, pockets can form between the teeth and gum line, potentially trapping food particles and bacteria which can lead to periodontal disease.
Toothaches or Pain When Eating or Drinking Hot/Cold Foods or Beverages
Exposed tooth roots can cause discomfort and pain when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks.
Bleeding Gums When Brushing or Flossing
Receding gums may bleed more easily during routine oral hygiene practices.
Popular Gum Recession Treatments
It’s vital for patients living with gum recession or gum disease to visit a periodontal disease specialist like Dr. Gallardo, who can restore their gum tissue and help prevent their condition from worsening. Unfortunately, the majority of gum recession treatments are painful and very invasive. In most cases, they involve deep scaling and root planing, which can lead to pain and irritation.
Another common gum disease treatment for more serious cases of gum recession is called gum grafting. Its purpose is to restore lost tissue. In gum grafting, gum tissue is typically taken from one area in the patient’s mouth and grafted (or attached) to an area that has lost gum tissue. After the healing process, it can protect exposed tooth roots and create a more natural appearance.
However, AlloDerm® is a soft tissue gum grafting material that is ideal for treating gum recession with grafting. It is an excellent alternative to using a patient’s own gum tissue because it does not involve any additional surgery. AlloDerm® allows the donated human tissue to act just like the patient’s own tissue and is now commonly used in dentistry.
Preparing for AlloDerm®
The day prior to an AlloDerm® gum grafting procedure, patients are required to take a prescription antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drug. These medications will be taken until they are finished and help prevent infection, as well as reduce swelling in the nearby tissue.
Incredible AlloDerm® Dental Fixes Gum Recession
How AlloDerm® Works
It will look more natural as healing occurs
Figure 1. Recession may lead to Interdental bone loss leading to complications beyond gum recession.
Figure 2. Exposed root surfaces before grafting with AlloDerm.
Figure 3. Root surfaces covered and protected following grafting with AlloDerm.
Is Gum Recession Reversable?
Benefits of AlloDerm®
There are several reasons our patients prefer AlloDerm® over other gum recession treatments. AlloDerm® allows them to avoid a second surgical wound from harvesting tissue and makes it possible for the entire mouth to be treated in just a few appointments. In addition, the procedure can be customized to fit their particular needs, improving the success of the gingival graft.
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Recovering From AlloDerm®
After AlloDerm®, patients will likely experience tenderness, swelling, and a bit of pain or discomfort. To help ease pain and prevent gums from becoming infected, we’ll provide comprehensive after-care instructions. Dr. Gallardo will encourage patients to refrain from pulling down their lips to look at the surgical site and explain how to carefully manage the dressing material that is placed over the site of surgery.
A few days after the AlloDerm® procedure, patients will return to our office so that Dr. Gallardo can remove the dressing material. It’s essential for patients to use our recommended mouth rinse and stay away from eating granular foods that can cause a problem with the surgical site. In the event that the patient develops an infection, Dr. Gallardo can prescribe an antibiotic. Since moving or removing the gum graft can lead to unsuccessful results, patients must be extra cautious when eating.
Dr. Gallardo will continue to evaluate the gums in the months after the procedure to make sure they are in good shape and growing properly. Complete healing from AlloDerm® typically takes two to six months.
Understanding the Cost of AlloDerm® Gum Grafts in Miami, FL
Depending on the extent of gingival recession and the amount of AlloDerm® dermal matrix needed, the cost of AlloDerm® gum grafts can vary.
Dr. Gallardo will develop a treatment plan with you will be given a detailed cost estimate based on your specific needs. Insurance might cover all or part of the gum graft procedure.
Aftercare Tips for Your AlloDerm® Gum Graft
Following your AlloDerm® gum graft, it’s crucial to maintain proper oral hygiene and follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions. This may include:
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean the teeth and gums.
- Avoiding aggressive brushing or flossing in the treated area.
- Rinsing with a prescribed mouthwash to help prevent infection.
- Avoid granular foods until you are cleared by Dr. Gallardo.
- Attending follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and monitor the success of the graft.
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Why Choose Dr. Gallardo
- Dr. Gallardo has 30 years of experience offering dental implants and specialized periodontics to patients throughout South Florida.
- Dr. Gallardo is a graduate from the University of Miami and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry.
- Accepted into the V.A. Medical Center General Practice Residency Program of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs where he was honored with the “Outstanding Resident of the Year” Award.
- He has lectured nationally and internationally to dentists and hygienists and has been sponsored by companies such as Procter and Gamble to speak on clinical topics related to gum disease and implant dentistry.
- Dr. Gallardo remains a leader in periodontics and implant dentistry through his active and past involvement with University of Florida, Florida Association of Periodontists and North American Society of Periodontists.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Recession and AlloDerm®
Yes. AlloDerm® can improve your smile by creating a more even gum line. It can allow you to smile and speak with confidence.
A healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of gum recession. It’s important to eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet and quit smoking and/or using tobacco if you want to prevent receding gums. You should also visit your dentist twice a year as they can detect issues early on and prevent them from worsening. When you brush your teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and scrub gently.
Because LifeCell does remove the cells and tissues that lead to rejection, you do not have to worry about a failed graft. In addition, all of the donated tissue comes from tissue banks that follow strict safety rules. Every donation is carefully screened using FDA, AATB, and state regulations for your safety. Since 1994, AlloDerm® has been used in more than one million patients without any problems.
When the mouth is healthy, the gums are pink and there is a consistent gum line that surrounds teeth. When gum recession occurs, the gums have an inflamed appearance. The gum line may also appear lower around some teeth than others.
When AlloDerm® first made its debut, it was used to treat burn patients. Today, it is used in dental surgery, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and urogenital surgery.
AlloDerm® comes from a tissue bank. It is essentially processed gum material that removes all cells and creates a regenerative tissue matrix.
There are a number of strategies that may help you improve your gum health. Rather than using a regular toothbrush, opt for an electric one and brush correctly at least twice each day. You should also massage your gums regularly, floss every day, and use a receding gums mouthwash and toothpaste that contains fluoride. Also, wear a custom-made nightguard, if you grind or clench your teeth.