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Had tooth out and bone gratf 5 days ago today almost all the stiches fell off & the gum isnt still covering the bone graft, is it normal? painless

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Dr. Armando Berguido answered

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If reabsorbable sutures were used, the stiches normally fall off by day 5. Regarding the bone graft there are many different techniques and this is an area of dentistry rapidly evolving therefore consult with your dentist to determine if it is or not necessary to do something more.

Answered Oct 28, 2013

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Dr. Joseph Wineman answered

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Your surgeon may have used some dissolvable sutures, ones that come out on their own. If a membrane was used to hold in the graft material you should be fine. Do not disturb the area. Follow up with your dentist if you are concerned.

Answered Dec 16, 2016

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Dr. Robert Devin answered

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Yes some people lose a little gum tissue over an extraction site.It grows back. If the graft is largely still there then healing is still proceeding without delay. Because this is painless ,this is a good sign. No infection. If large amounts of graft has washed away then the area can easily be re-grafted, after your gum heals.

Answered Apr 24, 2015

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