Gum allograft is a periodontal plastic surgery procedure designed to help restore damaged gum tissue. Gingiva that has been damaged due to periodontal disease, trauma, or any other factors can benefit from this periodontal surgery. Allografts have been used safely in millions of procedures for numerous years. Conventional methods of soft tissue grafting required harvesting patient’s own tissue through a series of intricate incisions from the palate of the mouth. Although these methods have proven to be quite effective, patients often complain of discomfort following the procedure. Gum allograft is a great alternative to conventional soft tissue grafting methods.
What Is Gum Allograft?
The gum Allograft procedure requires the use of human tissue which is transplanted from one person to another.
How is Donated Skin Obtained?
The United States Food and Drug Administration regulate tissue banks throughout the country. These banks surgically remove a thin layer of skin from donors by utilizing sterile operating room techniques.
How is Allografts Used?
Allografts can be used to help replace gum tissue damaged due to periodontal disease and may also be used to correct cosmetic soft tissue defects.
Are Allografts Safe?
Tissue donors undergo rigorous screenings by the heavily regulated Tissue Banks. Medical and social history including cause of death is carefully reviewed and examined. Blood samples are stringently tested by Tissue Banks and donors must be found negative for Hepatitis B and C, HIV Types 1 and 2 antibodies, and syphilis. Allografts also undergo microscopic including various analytical testing both pre and post processing in order to screen for pathogenic contamination.
Allografts allow our periodontist to perform many soft tissue surgeries in a minimally invasive manner. This technique provides predictable aesthetics results, enhancing patient’s quality of life and most importantly, their beautiful smile. Gum allograft surgery eliminates painful process of harvesting the patient’s own tissue and minimizes pain.