Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from periodontal disease and sensitivity, and helps produce a great smile. Fortunately, your doctor can perform a predictable treatment leading to a natural esthetic outcome.
In the past this procedure required that a piece of tissue be retrieved from the roof of your mouth to serve as the graft material. Tissue retrieved from the patient’s palate creates a second surgical site leading to increased pain and discomfort.
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What is Alloderm Dental?
AlloDerm allows your doctor to perform the soft tissue procedure you need without the limitations associated with retrieving the tissue from the roof of your mouth. AlloDerm provides you a predictable alternative to using your own tissue and offers the following advantages:
- Readily available
- Requires no second surgical site
- Results are similar to using your own tissue
Thousands of doctors and patients have made AlloDerm their choice for root coverage and other soft tissue grafting procedures that include:
- Root coverage
- Soft tissue augmentation
- Bone graft containment
Aggressive tooth brushing and gum disease are two leading reasons why gum tissue recedes and roots become exposed. Exposed roots may be sensitive to temperature change, vulnerable to decay, and associated with loss of supporting bone. Gum recession and exposed roots can lead to the following problems (Figure 1):
- Decrease in esthetics
- Increase in root sensitivity
- Loss of supporting bone
- Increase in plaque build-up
- Risk of future recession
AlloDerm® is donated human tissue that has been processed to remove donor cells, leading to a regenerative tissue matrix.(AlloDerm) is processed by LifeCell Corporation and distributed in the dental market by BioHorizons.
How safe is AlloDerm Dental Procedure?
AlloDerm is widely used in both medicine and dentistry for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Originally developed to treat burn patients, it is also used in:
- General surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Urogenital surgery
- Dental surgery
Since its introduction in 1994, over 1 million AlloDerm grafts have been successfully placed with no known incidence of disease transmission.
Donor tissue is extensively screened and tested for the presence of diseases and then undergoes LifeCell’s proprietary processing procedures to ensure that AlloDerm is virally inactivated before release for patient care.
After Dental Surgery
Post operative instructions can vary for each patient and must be consulted with your doctor. Post operative instructions could include but are not limited to:
- Surgical site may be covered with a dressing material
- Antibiotics prescribed to limit inflammation
- Medication prescribed to manage post operative pain
- Mouth rinse prescribed to clean surgical site
- Surgical site should be left undisturbed
- Toothbrushing and chewing should be avoided at the surgical site
In addition, we have a new dental implant recovery procedure that will enhance your dental recovery much faster.
Dear Dr. Gallardo,
Thank you very much for taking me from Dr. W on such short notice. You literally saved my day, Friday the 13th!
I have to tell you as a professional observer and consultant to many small business, I was very impressed with your practice.
1 – Your staff quickly processed me in and assured me that I would be quickly seen.
2 -Upon arrival in the treatment room, each of your treatment staff came by personally introduced themselves to me, shook my hand and one even removed her mask so I could see her face. This says so much about your practices commitment to care and practice branding, my area of specialty.
3 – Upon relocation into the 2nd treatment room, your staff placed the TV on CNN for me, covered me with a surgical blanket, asked about my comfort and reassured me you were the expert surgeon to resolve my situation.
4 – Your beside manner was very appreciated – polite, but to the business hand. I could hear how you were interacting with your staff, giving guidance, “No we can’t use that one, because it’s bent; get another. Did you test it? Test it before you give it to me” and “No not that one, the one on the right will do well.” Each time your staff adjusted course, providing you what you requested quickly, correctly and without a lot of dialog.
5 – The procedure was less than 20 minutes once you started; your staff post-op explained to me what I could/could not eat. Provided me with a bottle of COLD water (very appreciated) and a hot towel. That surprised me and was a great way to wrap up the visit.
6 – On the way out, your staff thanked me and had my prescriptions printed and waiting for me while I booked my two-week follow up.
So, I have to tell you: very smooth. Few practices have this flow of process seamless of procedure that yours do. I was never once made to feel that I was imposing or skewing your afternoon schedule. You treated me as if one of your one. WOW, What a great experience. I can only assume you have the metrics to measure these activities and use them to better leverage your practice, branding and revenue.
Again, Thank you Dr. Gallardo.