Occasionally, when a dental implant is placed, there is not enough gum tissue to sufficiently cover the implant for the healing process or to cover up the metal part of the implant just beneath the crown. Ideally, there would be enough gum tissue to cover the implant during the healing process. Then after the abutment and crown are attached, the gum line would extend far enough that the seam between crown and abutment would be covered. When this is not the case, there is a viable option which does not include grafting tissue from the upper palate.
AlloDerm® is a grafting material which can be used in the place of one’s own gum tissue to extend the gum line. It is made from sterile donated tissue. This material has been used for dental and plastic surgical procedures. Its versatility and pliability make it the perfect material for gum grafting.
Soft Tissue Grafting Treatment
One of the factors in the success of a dental implant has to do with the connective tissue or gum tissue that surrounds the implant. Sufficient connective tissue is required to cover up the metal part of the implant. This helps keep the implant in a healthy state and gives it a natural look.
Without enough tissue surrounding the implant, bacteria can build up and cause a condition known as peri-implantitis. Like periodontitis, this gum disease causes infection which can lead to bone loss if it is not addressed. If the bone becomes compromised, the implant will become loose and need to be removed.
AlloDerm® gum grafting can help eliminate this problem. It provides the necessary coverage for protection of the implant. Follow the directions you are given after receiving the graft, and you will see impressive results within a few weeks.
For more information about gum grafting and dental implants, contact us at Ora Dental Implant Studio. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact our office today to schedule an exam and consultation if you are interested in getting dental implants.