Alternatives to gingival graft for gum recession?

September 18th, 2012

Q: How likely it that my gum recession problem can be solved other than with a free gingival graft from my palate? I do not look forward to having 2 wounds–one on the palate and the other at the grafting site. My lower front teeth and my two “eye” teeth have the problem. Can cadaver material or some other synthetic material be a “good enough” substitute? How many millimeters equal a moderate to severe problem and where would the measurement start? I heal quickly.

A: This is difficult to answer without a photo. Yes, cadaver tissue is available. There are some limitations to using this material, but it can be done. We also use a laser, which aids in faster healing. There are no set rules with regard to millimeters. It depends on the patient, and can vary.

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