Gum Recession is the process in which the tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls away from a tooth, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root. This can cause damage to supporting bone. Gum allograft (grafting) is a periodontal plastic surgery procedure designed to help restore damaged gum tissue. Gingiva that has been damaged due to periodontal disease, trauma, or any other factors can benefit from this periodontal surgery. Allografts have been used safely in millions of procedures for numerous years. Conventional methods of soft tissue grafting required harvesting patient’s own tissue through a series of intricate incisions from the palate of the mouth. Although these methods have proven to be quite effective, patients often complain of discomfort following the procedure. Gum allograft is a great alternative to conventional soft tissue grafting methods.
Dr. Lyford has been involved with a further enhancement of this technique called MIT Gum Grafting Technique. MIT refers to “Minimally Invasive Tunnelling” which allows us to graft bone and improve the quantity and quality of the gum tissue. This technique was established by Dr. Sam Lee with whom Dr. Lyford has been associated with for the last 6 years. We have implemented this alternative on hundreds of patients. The technique is a paradigm shift for treating gum recession both far more effective and less invasive, thus, more comfortable for patients.