Acellular Dermal Matrix (ADM) in rockford, dixon and janesville
Acellular Dermal Matrix (ADM) is a type of graft that can be used in a variety of procedures, including exposed root coverage, soft tissue augmentation for implants, and soft tissue ridge augmentation. ADM is most commonly used for patients who have developed gum recession and require a gum graft. Gum grafting is one of the most effect treatment methods for correcting receded gums. Gum recession tends to be a gradual process, with early symptoms presenting as sensitivity to stimuli, gums that bleed easily, gums that are inflamed, and/or chronic halitosis. Eventually gums will recede so much that the tooth root becomes exposed, creating the appearance of longer teeth and increasing the risk of periodontal disease developing.
Gum grafting corrects this issue by placing a graft over the exposed tooth root surface. Although grafting material has historically been taken from the patient’s palate, more and more periodontists are beginning to use acellular dermal matrix (ADM), a biologically-derived product derived from donated human tissue that is medically processed to ensure safety and effectiveness. ADM contains the necessary proteins and collagen structure to help your body grow tissue and has proven clinical results of providing the same level of results (if not superior) as the patient’s own tissue, while reducing procedural and post-operative pain. The main components of ADM are collagen bundles and elastic fibers.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment, or if you have any additional questions concerning ADM, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
Advantages of ADM
There are many benefits associated with the use of ADM, including the following:
- Less invasive
- Removing the need for a second surgical site results in a faster recovery period
- Because there is no second surgical site, patients enjoy a faster, more comfortable recovery period
- Unlimited amount of material, which allows for multiple sites being grafted in one visit
- Reduced number of visits reduces overall cost
- Proven safe
- As effective if not more effective than your own tissue
What to Expect During the Gum Grafting/ADM Process
Prior to performing the ADM procedure, we will conduct an in-depth dental and medical health history review to determine the underlying reason why ADM is necessary. This process will include an examination of your bite and for any indications of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer, or signs of periodontal disease.
Once the underlying cause has been identified and it is determined that a grafting procedure is required and ADM is the appropriate treatment option for you, the procedure will typically begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. In the case of treating gum recession, the next step will include making tiny incisions around the gumline to make space for the tissue graft. Next, the ADM graft is placed into this area and the gums are positioned so they cover the roots. Finally, the area is sutured shut and the healing process can begin.
Aftercare Following Gum Surgery and ADM
Following your procedure, it is essential to follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist to minimize risks and enjoy a fast recovery.
- To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
- To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Avoid touching or brushing the surgical site
- Do not spit, rinse, or use a straw for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
- Eat soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup for the first two weeks and slowly reintroduce harder foods as the healing process progresses.
- Continue practicing good oral hygiene habits and scheduling regular periodontal exams to reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
By following these instructions and continuing to keep your teeth and gums clean, you will enjoy a fast healing process and can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
Cost of ADM
The cost of ADM will depend on several factors, such as whether dental sedation is used, the severity of your case, what procedure is being performed, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.