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Treating Gum Recession May Become Virtually Painless, Says Study

By July 1, 2009

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Researchers from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, in Boston Massachusetts, have discovered a painless way for treating patients with gum recession.

According to a press release, the new tissue regeneration application from Tufts uses platelet concentrate gel applied to a collagen membrane as the graft instead of using tissue from the roof of the mouth. The graft is soaked in the patient's platelets, using blood drawn in the same visit. Placed over the receding tooth root, the graft is then surgically secured. Traditional treatment for gum recession is considered very painful. Excised tissue from the roof of the patients mouth is used to graft new tissue onto area's where there is considerable root exposure. Pain and discomfort, along with a longer recovery time are a notable problems associated with gum grafting surgery.

Gum recession is synonymous with gum disease. Gum recession usually begins undetected in the early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis. As the gingival sulcus begins to deepen, advanced gum disease --also known as periodontitis-- contributes to severe gum recession, bone loss and eventually the loss of the teeth. By providing a painless option for treating gum recession, more patients may decide to explore treating advanced gum recession, rather than extracting the teeth as their only option, to restore the health of their mouth along with the esthetics's of the teeth and gums.

July 7, 2009 at 5:43 am
(1) alb ber says:

Thats a great news. Gum Recession without pain is really a good news. Thanks for the information.Good post. Keep it up.

July 10, 2009 at 11:45 am
(2) Gainesville GA Dentist says:

Painless is good. Dentistry has come so far in the past few years that we have to get over the stigma of the drill!

July 17, 2009 at 2:29 am
(3) yeast infections says:

its really a good news but how its possible.

July 22, 2009 at 10:45 am
(4) Dante says:

Has anyone ever met Shwan in person? Is she as hot as her photo depicts?

Just wondering…….

July 24, 2009 at 7:57 am
(5) Yeast Infections says:

Well I agree with Shaw Watson,Treating of Gum Recession might be painless for you now.Study has claimed this and hope it works out practically.

July 25, 2009 at 8:36 pm
(6) Dentist Richmond Hill says:

This is good news for people suffering from gum disease as gum disease is related to heart disease.

November 16, 2009 at 6:32 pm
(7) ekb says:

I went to the dentist who developed the procedure and he has to cut the gums all the way down to the mandible and then insert the graft and stitch it back up. Novacaine did not begin to relieve my discomfort during the procedure, as he has to use force to cut, and it was exceedingly uncomfortable. He could not even finish doing the procedure on me. Furthermore, he did not return my calls for 3 days after the procedure.

June 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm
(8) Toronto Dentist in Etobicoke says:

Shawn, I hear great breakthroughs are being made with membranes. Bone augmentation for implants has been revolutionized by membranes.

Soft-tissue grafting would be far less invasive if a donor site wasn’t required. No hunk of meat cut from the palate.

I’ve heard of artificial connective tissue grafts. I’ve also heard they color was weird and they had a tendency to slough away.

Joe Bulger DDS
Visit my dental blog – Toronto Dentist Smile Blog

July 9, 2010 at 1:32 am
(9) Sarasota dentist says:

Gum recession without pain is really a good news, It show the medical technology progress in dentistry. Thank you for this nice information.

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