Types of Gum Grafting

Types of Gum Grafting in Washington D.C.

Have your gums been receding or getting shorter? Have you been looking into different types of gum grafting? The two main sources of gum grafting are donor tissue and autogenous tissue. The type of tissue graft used should be based on each specific case and which solution is going to meet each need. Visiting a gum grafting periodontist specialist ensures they have the skill to perform the procedure to the highest degree and knowledge to help you make an informed decision.

Before Gum Grafting
After Gum Grafting

Allograft vs Autograft Gum Grafting

Allograft means tissue from the same species. One of the more popular brands of allograft tissue is Alloderm.  Allograft is harvested from human donor tissue which allows for a much more painless procedure.  Using allograft as the donor tissue allows a periodontist to not have to take tissue from the palate. This decreases the amount of pain during the recovery because harvesting donor tissue from the palate is the most common source of postoperative pain from a gum graft. Another major benefit of using allograft donor tissue is there is no limited amount, allowing your periodontist to graft as many teeth as possible all in one sitting.  Conversely, gum grafting done with palatal tissue limits the number of teeth that can be treated in a day because there is only so much harvestable tissue. 


Are there any limitations to using allograft?  One consideration is that an adequate amount of gum tissue needs to be present at the treatment site, for an allograft procedure to be performed. In addition, it is a very technique-sensitive surgery requiring a specialist with years of training and experience to provide predictable results. 


Autograft refers to gum tissue harvested from the patient. The tissue is taken from the palate and then transplanted to the treatment site. Autograft is a great treatment option because it is most accepted by our own tissue. This increases the chance of success and results in the highest esthetic results. However, the procedure for autografts requires an additional treatment site. This increases the pain level patients experience during recovery. Due to the tissue being taken from the palate, the amount of tissue available is limited. This limits the number of teeth that can be completed during one treatment. 

AlloDerm before
AlloDerm After

Gum Grafting Specialist 

Choosing a gum grafting periodontal specialist is a very pertinent step to the process. A specialist has gone through additional years of training to ensure they are highly skilled and qualified. The surgeon will be able to let you know specifically the pros and cons based on your tissue availability. This is critical to ensure you have the highest quality result possible. Visit a gum specialist today at District Perio in Washington D.C. to see which graft you are a candidate for.

AlloDerm Gum Grafting


Benefits and Pain Level of AlloDerm Gum Grafting

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