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I recently had an alloderm gum graft, now what?

I recently had an alloderm gum graft, now what?

Let it heal: If it was just done now you have to let it heal. Typically I keep the tiny sutures in place for about a month. I would recommend trying not to disturb the graft area as much as possible and rinse with salt water several times a day. I would check with your dentist when he/she wants you back to check on the graft.

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Dr. Ronald Achong
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Gum Graft (Definition)

Replacement of lost gum tissue with gum tissue from another part of your mouth. Different techniques available depending on the area and the reason the gum tissue was lost. Most commonly done to cover sensitive or exposed unattractive roots and defects in the tissue hampering your ability to clean the area, and to help maintain the bone around the tooth, ...Read more


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Alloderm gum graft feels squishy, is this normal?

Vascular in growth: The squishy feeling is the initial period of fluid adsorption into the material. This is a normal process.

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After having alloderm gum graft when does white disappear?

Depends on size: The white patch is the alloderm. Your gums "crawl" over the alloderm until they have covered it. This is a slow process, and the length depends on how much alloderm is exposed. Ask your surgeon and they have an accurate idea of how long it usually takes for a case your size.

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Alloderm gum graft looks like its not attached, what to do?

Call your surgeon!: Call the dentist/surgeon who performed the procedure. They need to take a look.

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My dentist recommended I get alloderm gum graft. How successful is this $8k procedure?

Depends: It all depends on a proper diagnosis, the skill and the techniques of the periodontist. In the proper situation, with a skilled surgeon it can be successful.

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I have recently had an alloderm gum graft two weeks ago. There was a white substance up to the tooth which fell of yesterday. Has my graft fallen off?

Alloderm: The white substance is the alloderm and it is quite common for some of it to become exposed during the healing process. It is possible that the excess has sloughed off which could be fine. It is also possible you have lost the whole graft. I would recommend you consult with your dentist as soon as possible

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Periodontist question: do alloderm gum grafts usually lead to any added vertical millimeter covering of teeth roots?

Periodontist question: do alloderm gum grafts usually lead to any added vertical millimeter covering of teeth roots?

That's the intention: Alloderm has several uses in periodontal surgery: root coverage, gingival augmentation, soft tissue ridge augmentation, soft tissue augmentation around implants. The procedure is relatively successful in competent surgical hands, proper case selection and with patient cooperation.

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Need some encouragement with 6 teeth to be alloderm gum grafted at several visits and a sinus lift for a molar after gum grafts heal (had 2nd opinion)?

Need some encouragement with 6 teeth to be alloderm gum grafted at several visits and a sinus lift for a molar after gum grafts heal (had 2nd opinion)?

Procedures: If you need those procedures and are in the hands of a talented surgeon, by all means have it done. I would if I were in your place. If you don't trust or have confidence with the advice and ability of your dentist, try to find one with whom you do. Get some referrals.

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Would alloderm gum grafting for recession be performed before or after composite resin to fill in front teeth black triangles at the gumline?

A rule of thumb: The grafting is always first, because grafting can adhere only to natural tooth structure and root surface.

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What to do if my gum graft - alloderm vs palate tissue?

What to do if my gum graft - alloderm vs palate tissue?

Depends on Size: Both grafting techniques have advantages. If you need a graft just on one tooth, the palatal wound of the donor site isn't too bad. In fact, most patients will come report that the roof of the mouth was not a big deal. If you need 3 or more teeth in a row grafted, you may want to consider the alloderm.

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Gum graft - alloderm vs palate tissue, what's the difference?

Gum graft - alloderm vs palate tissue, what's the difference?

One healing site: With alloderm, you don't need to have tissue removed from the roof of your mouth, so you only have one surgical site that needs to heal as opposed to two sites.

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Gum graft - what works better, alloderm vs palate tissue?

Gum graft - what works better, alloderm vs palate tissue?

Both: Both grafts are highly successful. There really is not a "better" one. I do these grafts all week long, and they are appropriate for different tissue types and areas, as well as different patients. Depending on the size, and location of the recipient site, one may be indicated where the other is not. Consult your periodontist and they can advise you which is better for a particular situation!

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Receding gums. Want to avoid recommended gum graft w/alloderm. How likely is it to lose teeth from this in the future if I choose not to have surgery?

Receding gums. Want to avoid recommended gum graft w/alloderm. How likely is it to lose teeth from this in the future if I choose not to have surgery?

No way to predict: It's always hard to predict the future. It depends upon so many factors including but not limited to: the extent of the recession, your oral hygiene, the type and amount of the remaining gum, your brushing habits, your general health over time, habits such as bruxism, and the luck of the draw, etc. Your own periodontist can give you the best prediction. Monitor it & reconsider your decision!

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What can cause alloderm graft failure? I am thinking about alloderm for esthetic dental work, following advise by my dentist. I need a gum graft on my front two bottom teeth. He explained the procedure to me, it looks pretty safe but he mentioned that gra

What can cause alloderm graft failure? I am thinking about alloderm for esthetic dental work, following advise by my dentist. I need a gum graft on my front two bottom teeth. He explained the procedure to me, it looks pretty safe but he mentioned that gra

What is your goal?: Is your goal to add gum or connective tissue below the recession or cover exposed root. The answer to this question will determine the technique and graft material. Covering avascular root surface is not 100% predictable no matter what technique is used.

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Gum grafting with alloderm failure, how to fix it?

Alloderm failure: See a different periodontist or oral surgeon for an evaluation.

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I need a lot of gum grafting. I prefer alloderm. Is there a procedure that is less invasive than another? Maybe, there is an old way and a new way?

I need a lot of gum grafting. I prefer alloderm. Is there a procedure that is less invasive than another? Maybe, there is an old way and a new way?

Gingival graft: Using your own tissue is usually the best option, but comes with some post-op pain or soreness. Alloderm can work well with the right surgeon. Ask the periodontist for their opinion.

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How many millimeters long, along the length of a tooth root, can alloderm and other types of gum grafts cover so that less of the root is shown?

Depends: The amount of tissue regain depends on the level of the bone interproximally (between the roots).

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I am scheduled for gum grafting with alloderm due to recession. I have just read about a pinhole gum rejuvenation technique. This is a proven method?

I am scheduled for gum grafting with alloderm due to recession. I have just read about a pinhole gum rejuvenation technique. This is a proven method?

Variation: The "pinhole gum rejuvenation technique" is merely a variation of proven gum grafting techniques ; promoted as "unique". Personally I strongly believe the knowledge, experience and skill of the periodontist is much more important than the specific technique. I would opt for a master carpenter with the oldest tools rather than a newbie with the most up to date ; sophisticated tools to do work 4 me.

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Graft (Definition)

Tissues from one location are transferred to another. Also refers to ...Read more