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Allograft Gum Tissue

Allograft Gum TissueAllograft gum tissue is defined as a graft of tissue that is obtained from a source other than the recipient. Allografts are generally used for gingival grafting and have been thoroughly processed in order to eliminate any infectious diseases to help avoid transmission of disease in addition to host rejection. The allograft gum tissue serves as a scaffold in which new host cells and tissues will develop, leading to secure gingival attachment.

There are many benefits to using allograft gum tissue. Since allografts are obtained through donor tissue, harvesting tissue from a secondary site is completely eliminated. This donor tissue is also readily available, which allows for multiple compromised areas of gum tissue to be restored. Patients with generalized recession can benefit from the use of allografts.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) heavily regulates tissue banks. After removing tissue from donors, the skin is then processed and screened for any infectious diseases.

Prior to being accepted as a donor at the Tissue bank, donor’s medical and social histories including their cause of death are closely examined. Blood samples are scrutinized through use of FDA-licensed tests. Applicable donors much be negative for Hepatitis B, and C, HIV and syphilis. Other analytical testing is also performed prior to and after processing to ensure safety.