Gum grafts are an excellent way to regenerate lost gum tissue and restore your healthy smile, and you have the option to use your own soft tissue or donor tissue as the graft material. Donor tissue is purchased by your dentist and not your own. Donor tissue is also called acellular dermal matrix and eliminates the need to use tissue from the top of the mouth. Acellular dermal matrix is a purchased material that is eventually replaced with your own tissue as it heals. Acellular dermal matrix is a sterile human connective tissue matrix that contains no blood and no cells. All cells are removed. Therefore, there is no risk of rejection or potential for disease transmission. This tissue matrix has been in use in medicine and dentistry for over ten years, and there have been no cases of disease transmission in over 500,000 transplants. This technique allows for more teeth to be treated in one session. After healing, your gum tissue is bound down tightly to the underlying bone and to the teeth keeping it in place and preventing future root exposure. Roots that are exposed and sensitive can be covered improving esthetics and reducing or eliminating sensitivity. Call Dr. Wiland today to make an appointment for soft tissue grafting without using your own tissue.
Treatment time is only about 1 hour for most procedures. Pain is minimal and the cost of treatment is about the same as with traditional gum grafting. Many people do not remember the procedure when sedation is safely used. The recovery time or healing time is usually the same or less than traditional treatment techniques.
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Bruce B. Wiland, DDS, MSD is board certified in the specialty of periodontics which includes the placement of dental implants. Other services include laser periodontal therapy, esthetic tissue contouring and nonsurgical treatment.
Sedation is always available to relieve apprehension.
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