Treatments for Gum Recession

iStock_000013228439_LargeIf you struggle with receding gums, there are many different treatments available to you. Your Pittsburgh periodontist, Dr. Silberg, is trained in many different preventive and corrective procedures to ensure that your smile is healthy and beautiful. One of the more innovative approaches he offers is called Alloderm tissue grafts.

Traditionally, in a gum graft procedure, gum tissue is harvested from the roof of the mouth, and then grafted directly in to the problem area of recession. This can be a painful procedure, with an uncomfortable recovery. However, Dr. Silberg now offers Alloderm tissue grafts, which are a healthy, low-risk alternative to the traditional method.

What is Alloderm?

Alloderm is a regenerative dermal tissue donation which has been aseptically processed to remove cells, and freeze-dried to remove any moisture, while preserving the biological components and dermal structure. It can be grafted right in to your own tissue to create a seamless, natural solution to your receding gums. Alloderm has been used in over a million patients, over a span of more than 10 years in dental settings, with excellent results.

How does it work?

Alloderm tissue grafts are used to replace any missing gum tissue you may be experiencing. At your procedure, your gums will be gently pulled back to reveal the roots. The roots will be planed and demineralized to aid in the bonding of new tissue to the surface of the root. Small incisions are made to create a passageway between the tooth and the gum tissue. Next, the Alloderm tissue grafts are carefully placed in the space created, filling in the gaps where gum recession has occurred. Finally, the gums and grafts are sutured securely in place to allow healing to occur. An antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed to help make the healing process more comfortable and to prevent infection.

Because Alloderm tissue components are acellular, they are virtually risk-free from biological rejection, as well as transmittable disease. All tissue samples are thoroughly screened and treated with an aseptic procedure to prevent complications from arising as a result of the graft.

To learn more about this and other procedures we offer, visit our comprehensive website. Give us a call to set up a consultation and to see if Alloderm gum grafts may be the best option for you. As a qualified and experienced periodontist, Dr. Silberg and he staff are fully prepared to make your gums as strong and beautiful as they can be.

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