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Greffe de gencive | Chtdl

The gum graft

Gum grafting is the treatment to consider when the patient suffers from gingival recession (receding gums). Gingival recession is a lowering of the level of the gums at the neck of the teeth. This phenomenon affects both the upper and lower teeth. As the gum no longer fulfills its protective role, the teeth can become sensitive to cold, hot and sweet. If you opt for a gum graft, you will experience the benefits of restoring gum function as well as aesthetics.

To learn more about our gum treatments, you can consult our page on Periodontics .

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What can cause gum recession?


Several factors may be involved, here are a few examples;

  • Too vigorous tooth brushing

  • A toothbrush with stiff bristles

  • Following inflammatory diseases of the periodontium or inflammation of the gums.

  • Poor dental hygiene resulting in severe tartar buildup leading to chronic inflammation of the gums.

  • Genetics that cause gum tissue to be thinner than normal.

  • Following orthodontic treatment

  • Gingival trauma (hard food and other)

Gum graft treatment is a common surgery and aims to recreate the gumline and prevent deterioration of the gums. Some gum graft treatments are done from a tissue sample located on your palate. At the Centre de Haute technologie dentaire Lachenaie, Dr. Jebaily opts earlier for the alloderm gum graft treatment. This gum grafting technique is done without taking a sample from your mouth, thus reducing postoperative pain. The graft used in the   gum graft technique is actually a membrane based on donor tissue that has been synthesized. We exclude the cells from it to create a regenerative tissue matrix (connective tissue matrix). This type of graft has also been commonly   used in hospitals for several years, in particular to treat severe burns. These tissues undergo several thorough procedures and screenings to ensure excellent graft quality. Since the debut of alloderm in 1994, over one million gum graft surgeries have been successfully performed. A large number of dentists and specialists opt for this technique for their gum graft treatment because of the many advantages:

  • An esthetic and  natural result.

  • Less pain and complication following a removal from the palate. (Traditional method)

  • Allows root coverage.

  • Microsurgical technique (no incision)

  • faster healing

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  What is the appointment for alloderm gum graft surgery?


The gum graft surgery is a treatment of approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, it is done painlessly under local anesthesia. The treatment is comfortable and not demanding for the patient, as it requires only partial opening of the mouth. The dentist then detaches your existing gum tissue to create room for the graft. The graft is placed in a “sandwich” under the gum tissue at the site of your recession, thus creating no open wound. Most of the   treatment is the placement of the stitches which   are done following the gum graft. These points will be removed by the dentist in the following weeks. Post-operative appointments should also be scheduled to ensure proper healing.

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Greffe de gencive | Chtdl

Here are some tips to reduce the risk of recurrence of gum recession;

  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush

  • Opt for non-abrasive toothpastes

  • Advice on brushing techniques will be given to you by the hygienist

  • Have good dental hygiene

Dr. Jebaily completed his training successfully at the Center for advanced dental education 20/20 in Dallas, Texas in 2007. Being very perfectionist and passionate, he excels in his work for both general and esthetic dentistry treatments. Surrounded by an experienced team,  you will be well advised and will receive the best care for your gum grafts. Make an appointment today for a consultation!

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