Treatment for gum disease
What are the types of gum disease?
A. Gum diseases (or periodontal diseases) are chronic infections most often caused by an accumulation of dental plaque and tartar. Gum diseases rarely show any symptoms unless the disease is at an advanced stage. These infections can however be very harmful for your teeth as well as your health in general.
Are these diseases serious?
More and more, scientific data has established a link between gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) and a myriad of health problems ranging from pneumonia and chronic respiratory and cardiovascular diseases to strokes, premature births and low birth weights. It should be noted that the only efficient means to eliminate hardened tartar that causes gum disease is a professional cleaning and an appropriate hygiene technique at the dentist’s office.
We perform several types of grafts in our clinic
Gum recession can be caused by inappropriate and vigorous brushing or occlusion problems etc., gum disorders that can be corrected by gum grafts.
This is a type of graft used to protect dental roots that doesn’t come from palate tissue. Instead, the graft is made of a collagenous membrane produced from donated human cells that are treated in a way to render them sterile and inert. The advantage of this type of gum graft (compared to a free gingival graft that involves removing graft tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth), is that the dental surgeon doesn’t need to cut the palate, thus reducing patient discomfort and recovery time. An AlloDerm® graft can strengthen the gum as it protects the root, all the while enhancing the patient’s appearance.
This is a type of graft that covers the root where a sample is taken from the gums on the palate, making it possible to cover the root and reinforce the gums. The advantage of this technique is faster healing and a lower cost than Alloderm since there is no membrane to purchase.
Free Gingival Graft
This is the basic graft treatment, a layer of superficial epithelium that is collected from the palate and that will be used to reinforce the gums without covering the root.
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