Utah dentist offers breakthrough procedure to treat receding gums

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  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    June 21, 2014 6:07 a.m.


  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    June 20, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    Hmmmmm.....a procedure to reverse receding gums?

    I'll have to chew on that one for awhile....


  • CDL Los Angeles, CA
    June 20, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    What a shame that some make un-substantiated claims especially when it comes to dentistry. Collagen is naturally produced by the body, and any procedure can have risks. But this kind of procedure isn't like ripping your chin open to cover your face, it would utilize a very small piece of skin and stretch it over a small area. Where would there be any possibility of disfigurement? I once worked with an Oral Surgeon and during a number of procedures tissue is displaced to fix problems and then placed back, a couple stiches are then put in place and it quickly reattaches and heals. In these cases infection is the biggest issue and the area must be kept clean for a few days to a week. And this new procedure would be far less traumatic to the tissue since it would be in much smaller areas.

  • CVgal Smithfield, UT
    June 20, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    Thornbirds -- How else are we going to know about these things? Why do they have snippets on daytime TV shows -- to let us know new things/ideas are out there.

    CWV1965 -- This is anything but vanity. We have no control over our gums receding and I'd gladly share my pain with you!

  • CDL Los Angeles, CA
    June 20, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    This is wonderful and has nothing to do with vanity. Receding gums whether from gum disease or from trauma or from stress and over brushing exposes the dentin on teeth which is soft and brushing can wear that down destroying the tooth/teeth, cause sever sensitivity, root exposure and the loss of teeth. Certainly the gum disease must be arrested and I'm not sure how one would deal with existing bone loss and pockets that are created which are difficult to keep clean, however this is an amazing step forward and for many may prevent further deterioration.

  • Oblio Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    CWV1965- I am interested in a contrasting point of view, but you sound biased against. Slow down, present the facts and let us decide-- I want to understand what you are saying but you come off a bit hysterical and therefore, less credible.

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    June 20, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    DN is very generous in providing a great deal of advertising for this business.

  • AZUtahn Gilbert, AZ
    June 20, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    RE: CWV1965

    If you think this is purely about vanity you do not understand the issue. My wife has this very issue and despite great dental care it continues to worsen. She endures sensitivity and pain with cold, hot and sweets and if she doesn't get it fixed she risks loosing her teeth. She has delayed subsequent grafting because it is such a painful and long process. While there may be concerns with materials used, be careful of your claims that this is purely about vanity. I for one will be investigating it and NOT because we're vain.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    June 20, 2014 7:12 a.m.

    I've had several grafts and didn't feel they were a terrible ordeal as described by Melissa. The second graft I had was done with someone else's sterilized tissue. There was no cutting from the roof of my mouth. It didn't take weeks to heal. However, this new technique sounds even better.

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    June 20, 2014 6:39 a.m.

    Great story. I had the old style done when I was 10. It wasn't as bad as this article mentions. I didn't care for the rubber thing that was placed over the wound where they took the graft. You mess with it with your tongue a lot.

  • CWV1965 Taylorsville, UT
    June 20, 2014 2:56 a.m.

    Anything to make a buck off of peoples vanity and thats what this procedure is. Since the FDA, USDA, UL, Consumer safety, and AMA do not test the safety or risk or dangers these modified materials pose on the human. I would not risk using collagen a material cooked from bones, hoofs, and animal body parts in a pressure cooker its putting yourself is not a risk we should endear. But vanity is a misleading perception by many people who are not happy with themselves and easily victimized by a never ending trip of dissatisfaction of who they are.

    The collagen injection can be disruptive and consequences unforeseen any time you rip skin and its connective tissue from bone its a major irreversible disfigurement. The majority of implanted objects and materials has had more bad side affects not disclosed or fully explained. Thee are too many commercials advertising dangerous medical procedures being responsible for adverse reactions and injuries.

    By the time the bad side affects become establish the doctors and device and pill manufactures have made their billions and a few million out of 1,000 million is an acceptable collateral loss.