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The Difference Between an Autograft, Allograft, and Xenograft

the difference between gum grafts

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.


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The Benefits of Receiving a Sinus Lift from a Specialist

the benefits of 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.


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How Technology Plays a Role in Esthetic Crown Lengthening

Dental Laser For Soft Tissue Grafting

Dental Laser For Soft Tissue Grafting

If you’ve ever thought you had small or “hidden” teeth, then you may have what is known as a “gummy” smile. This condition can develop functional concerns, though patients often seek treatment for cosmetic purposes. Board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, frequently treats patients in this situation to improve smile aesthetics as well as restore oral health and function. A gum specialist, Dr. Anderson uses the latest minimally invasive techniques to complete aesthetic crown lengthening in Bloomfield Hills, MI with accuracy and predictability.


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The Top 3 Questions Patients Ask About Gum Recession

Dental Patient Undergoing Gum Recession Treatment

Dental Patient Undergoing Gum Recession Treatment

If you are invested in keeping your smile healthy, it’s important to understand the possibility of gum recession. Though a common dental problem, gum recession can have dangerous consequences affecting the health and stability of your teeth. More than making teeth appear “long”, uneven, and yellow, gum recession is also a leading symptom of gum disease.


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Can “Gum Grafting” Help Out With Sensitive Roots?

Gum Grafting Graphic

Pre/Post Gum Graft

Meet M.P. who sought out treatment with our periodontist Dr. Lauren Anderson to help address his sensitive roots as seen in the before photo. The “yellow” or cementum root showing can be sensitive to temperature change (both hot and cold), tactile (brushing or a professional cleaning), or to sugar (glucose).  Although not all roots that are exposed are sensitive, the patients who seek gum regeneration can eliminate or greatly reduce sensitivity with minimally invasive techniques.  Gingival grafting aims to regenerate lost gum tissue, restore gum thickness and return to a more anatomical or “normal” tissue contour. As a result, roots are covered and protected from the above mentioned traumatic stimuli.


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5 Ways to Help Prevent Gum Disease

Dental Patient Brushing Their Teeth

Dental Patient Brushing Their Teeth

Gum disease is one of the most dangerous oral conditions, affecting the health and function of your gums, bone, and teeth. If left to progress, gum disease can have dangerous long-term consequences for both your oral and physical health, including tooth loss and complications with systemic diseases. Whether gum disease progresses to dangerous stages depends on how carefully it’s controlled.


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How a Periodontist Helps You Qualify for Dental Implants

Dental Implant Model

Dental Implant Model

If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants are often the preferred method for replacing them. Dental implants are a permanent solution, able to restore function for eating with natural and attractive replacement teeth. The ideal candidate for implants is an individual in good physical health with minimal bone loss and no past oral infection or underlying disease. But what if your situation is less than ideal, and you have been told that you don’t qualify for dental implants?


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Steps to Properly Care for Your Dental Implants

Dental Patient Brushing Their Full Arch Dental Implant

Dental Patient Brushing Their Full Arch Dental Implant

If you’re ready to invest in dental implants, it’s important to know how to properly care for them once your treatment is concluded. Dental implants don’t need special maintenance outside of your normal hygiene routine, but there are additional steps dentists recommend you can take in your everyday life. Knowing exactly how to care for your dental implants and your smile can help ensure the longevity of your investment.


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The Importance of Bone Grafting in Dental Implant Treatment

Jaw Bone Loss Graphic

Jaw Bone Loss Graphic

Dental implants are considered the most ideal tooth replacement option to restore optimal aesthetics, function, and health to the smile. The only permanent solution, dental implants are designed to mimic natural teeth and rely on the jawbone for long-term stability and support. If this bone has resorbed from tooth loss or other factors, our periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, will often recommend bone grafting before dental implants can be placed. Bone grafting before dental implants is important for many reasons, including:


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