The Difference Between an Autograft, Allograft, and Xenograft

the difference between gum grafts

If you have gum recession, treating this condition has numerous benefits for both your oral function and the appearance of your smile. Healthy gums seal out bacteria, help stabilize your teeth, and give your smile a symmetrical look. One of the most common treatments for receding gums is gum grafting, which uses your tissue (autograft), tissue from a donor (allograft), or tissue from an animal (xenograft). In general, there are a few distinct differences between these types of tissue grafts. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson has the training and experience to determine which solution is best for your unique situation.


Common Gum Graft Options


Autogenous soft tissue grafts are often taken from the roof of your mouth (soft palate). This is one of the safest and most effective grafting techniques available. Autogenous grafts are living tissues with cells that aid in healing.

Pros: Fast healing, no contraindications, minimal risk of infection

Cons: Relies on patient tissue quality, multiple surgical sites, limited treatment at one time


An allograft is sterilized and medically processed soft tissue from an organ donor. This tissue is a safe, viable option for patients who may not have enough tissue of their own for the procedure. Treatment is often less painful without harvesting tissue from the palate.

Pros: No second surgical site, short procedure, safe alternative to patient’s tissue

Cons: Risk of rejection by the body, longer healing and incorporation


A xenograft is sterilized and processed tissue derived from an animal (generally a cow or pig). More of this tissue is readily available so that more areas of recession can be treated at one time. This tissue is not living and results in slower healing.

Pros: Unlimited supply, proven safe grafting method, no second surgery

Cons: Possible rejection or failure to incorporate with the body, longer healing


The Benefits of Gum Grafting

Dr. Anderson has been providing specialized gum grafting solutions for many years, utilizing minimally invasive techniques to improve patient comfort and healing. An expert in soft tissue treatments, she has the extensive training and experience to determine which option is best for you. Patients benefit long-term from her personalized treatment, including:

  • Preventing further progression of gum recession
  • Re-establishing a protective barrier around teeth
  • Reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth loss
  • Establishing stronger, thicker, and healthier gums


Struggling with Gum Recession?

If you’ve noticed the signs of receding gums or are experiencing sensitive teeth, don’t wait to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson. With gentle skill, she can restore your gum tissues and improve both the function and aesthetics of your smile. Schedule an appointment with Anderson Periodontal Wellness online or by calling (248) 480-4910 today.

The Benefits of Receiving a Sinus Lift from a Specialist

the benefits of a sinus lift from a specialist

Part of a successful dental implant surgery relies on the quality of the jawbone. When teeth are lost in the upper back portion of your jaw, this bone resorbs and the sinus expands downward. It may be too difficult or unsafe to place a dental implant without harming the sinus membrane. Thankfully, a procedure exists that can correct this problem and qualify a patient for dental implants—a sinus lift. One of the more complex oral surgeries, sinus lifts should be completed by a trained specialist for best results.


Understanding the Sinus Lift Procedure

A thin layer of bone is all that separates your mouth from the sinus cavity. If you have low sinuses or teeth in this area are lost, this sinus wall is too thin for dental implants. A sinus lift is often completed to establish proper bone height and volume. During the procedure, the sinus membrane is gently lifted so bone grafts can be inserted beneath. This graft and natural bone will integrate and provide the necessary bone quality to safely place an implant.

Why See a Specialist for a Sinus Lift?

Like any complex surgery, there are some risks involved and the chances of these problems arising are significantly increased if the procedure is not completed by an expert. While there are dentists who have trained in sinus lift surgery, it is unlikely that they complete these procedures regularly. This puts patients at a greater risk for serious problems, including sinus infection, membrane perforation, and chronic sinusitis.

As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson has completed extensive training in surgeries related to missing teeth and bone loss, including sinus lifts. Additionally, she has exceeded the requirements of her field to obtain high credentialing and recognition from the American Academy of Periodontology. With experience in advanced techniques and routine completion of this procedure, she has the expertise to provide safe and effective treatment that can qualify you for dental implants.

The Advantages of Seeing Dr. Anderson

• Specialized care from a board-certified periodontist
• Unique and minimally invasive surgical techniques
• Minimal risk of infection or post-operative complications
• Predictable surgery to qualify for dental implants


Experiencing Tooth and Bone Loss?

With the expertise of Dr. Anderson, you can qualify for dental implants, even if you have extensive bone loss in your upper jaw! Schedule your sinus lift consultation at Anderson Periodontal Wellness online or by calling (248) 480-4910 today.