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Posted: 3/22/2014 5:15:34 PM
After being referred by my regular dentist, I went to the periodontist (?) for a consultation. I need gum grafting on 5 of my teeth! Yikes! I have been lucky and have had very little problems with my teeth, so this will be a big deal for me. The old way of gum grafting involved taking tissue from the roof of the mouth. The current method and the one that will be used on me is with AlloDerm. It uses tissue from cadavers. Weird, but at the same time really cool. Has anyone had experience with this type of gum grafting?


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Posted: 3/22/2014 5:21:05 PM
I don't have experience with it, but I would suggest to make sure you get a second opinion. I've had family members that have been told they need this too. They went to a different dentist for another opinion and were told that was completely false. That their gums were perfectly healthy.

It's been known to happen that some dentists will give false diagnosis’s in order to increase their cash flow.

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Posted: 3/22/2014 5:46:51 PM
I appreciate the advice and I may get a second opinion, but in my case I think I do need the procedure. It's pretty obvious.


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Posted: 3/22/2014 5:47:33 PM
I've had this done before and from what I was told and the research I did, using the tissue from the roof of your mouth is the best method.



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Posted: 3/22/2014 5:58:31 PM
Back about 6 years ago I had it done on two teeth that were next to each other (bottom left). I don't know if I would do 5 different locations at once. Are all the teeth the same spot? I still have more spots that need to be done. I was an aggressive brusher for a long time and I grind my teeth.

I had it done with my own tissue from the roof of my mouth. That was probably the grossest part and the stitches (or what ever they do) were annoying. I remember being on a liquid diet for a little while and then used the food processor for a lot of my food.

ETA: I remember there being something about better chances or healing better etc with using your own tissue. Maybe something to research?

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Posted: 3/22/2014 7:17:54 PM
I had this done a few years ago - they grafted the skin from the roof of my mouth. I had thought it would be very sore but it actually was not. I wouldn't want skin from a cadaver.

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Posted: 3/22/2014 7:19:18 PM
Your body will have less chance of rejecting the transplant from the roof of your mouth instead of using the cadaver tissue.

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Posted: 3/22/2014 7:29:05 PM
The procedure itself doesn't have a very good success rate actually ask questions about success rate and how much gingival margin 'gain' the doctor is hoping for. A sliding graft has better success that graft from palate or cadaver


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Posted: 3/22/2014 7:54:13 PM
I don't know about the rejection part. I have a cadaver achilles tendon in my right leg. There was 0% chance of rejection because they "irradiate" the object. Now it may be different with gum tissue, don't know

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Posted: 3/22/2014 8:00:40 PM
Both my ex and my son had this done in the last couple of years. My ex used the donated tissue, as he has a terrible gag reflex and taking from the roof of his mouth would prove to be impossible. His recovery was super easy, as he didn't have the raw tissue at the top of his mouth. Both he, and my son said it wasn't that bad.

I had it done many years ago on my two front bottom teeth. I don't recall it being that difficult, but it was a small area.


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Posted: 3/22/2014 8:05:30 PM
I had this done a few years ago. My periodontist have me the option of using cadaver tissue or my own tissue. He recommended using my tissue and that's what I went with.

The roof of my mouth was sore for a couple of weeks, but it all healed quickly and I had no problems.


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Posted: 3/22/2014 8:09:07 PM
The first time I had it done he used tissue from the roof of my mouth. Bothered me after the numbing wore off, but I got the prescr. Tylenol and only had to take it once. After the first day, it was more of an inconvenience. I couldn't eat what I wanted to!

The second time I had it done they took tissue from the excess from before? I don't remember what it was, but it was tissue from my mouth. This time the stitches were the most painful part about it. The stitches kept cutting the side of my cheek! They stitches were harmless looking tiny thing but I wanted to cut them out myself! The procedure itself wasn't bad, just that kind of stitches.

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Posted: 3/22/2014 9:06:56 PM
I had this done when I was in high school, so almost 25 years ago. They took the graft from the roof of my mouth. It worked well. Haven't had anymore issues.


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Posted: 3/23/2014 2:22:27 PM
I've never had it done but I thought the cadaver tissue was the way they've done it for ages

Good luck.
Why do you need grafts?


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Posted: 3/23/2014 3:25:58 PM
I have had 3 teeth done with cadaver grafts. It's been a few years and no problems.


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Posted: 3/23/2014 3:52:22 PM
I had 5 teeth done in two sittings, with the tissue from the roof of my mouth. It worked really well -- there's a big difference. Just an inherent problem with the gums wearing on the outside of my bottom teeth.

I've never had so much novacaine at one time -- they really have to numb you. The stitches in the roof of my mouth hurt, but nothing totally outrageous. I had a sore mouth for a week or two. The grafted gum never bothered me.

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Posted: 3/23/2014 4:03:29 PM
I'm having gum surgery next month with the new "pin hole technique." No grafting. Here's a website that explains it:
Pin hole gum surgery



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Posted: 3/23/2014 4:58:55 PM

I've never had it done but I thought the cadaver tissue was the way they've done it for ages

Good luck.
Why do you need grafts?



I can see the roots on all of the teeth that he will be treating. They are super sensitive too. I don't know why I've let it go this long. Thankfully, insurance does cover part of it.

Thanks for sharing everyone.


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Posted: 3/23/2014 7:33:41 PM
I think I'm having something similar done except the tissue adjacent to the problem tooth is really good and they are using that.

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Posted: 3/23/2014 8:31:23 PM
OP and **Colleen** please come back and update or pm me after your procedure. I'm going to haven to have this done and would love to hear how it went for you.


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Posted: 3/23/2014 9:21:22 PM
I will let everyone know if the pin hole technique works for me.



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Posted: 3/23/2014 9:21:54 PM
I will let everyone know if the pin hole technique works for me.


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