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Is the platelet rich plasma (PRP) method approved by the ADA and do most periodontists now use it to accelerate the gum graft healing process?

Is the platelet rich plasma (PRP) method approved by the ADA and do most periodontists now use it to accelerate the gum graft healing process?

Yes: There is no requirements for ADA approval but are studies being run on PRP and numerous techniques. PRP is being used to aid healing in graft surgeries by periodontists. Most graft procedures are successful. It still will hassen the recovery and prognosis. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Achong
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Gum Graft (Definition)

Replacement of lost gum tissue with gum tissue from another part of your mouth. Different techniques available depending on the area and the reason the gum tissue was lost. Most commonly done to cover sensitive or exposed unattractive roots and defects in the tissue hampering your ability to clean the area, and to help maintain the bone around the tooth, ...Read more


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What is the healing process for a periodontal gum graft like? I am going to be needing a gum graft, and am wondering about long like it will take to heal, and what the process will be like. .

What is the healing process for a periodontal gum graft like? I am going to be needing a gum graft, and am wondering about long like it will take to heal, and what the process will be like.


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Dr : Dr funari was rather complete in his answer. The only thing that can be added would be that discomfort after a graft is normally very low. It is just a matter of moving soft tlissues around into better, more advantageous ( to you ) places, so it is not very incapacitating. When the roof of the mouth is the donor site we make a clear upper stint ( invisible plastic cover ) that you can wear while the healing takes place. You can wear it until the site feels normal & comfortable. It is much like an orthodontic ( braces ) retainer. It makes eating easy. Stayng away from the sites is very helpful & after a week we take out the sutures & then you're well on your way. ...Read more

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Advice to avoid playing with stitches after gum graft surgery? I know I should leave them alone, but they feel so strange. I find myself rubbing them with my tongue without thinking about it. I’m worried i’m going to stop them from healing.

Advice to avoid playing with stitches after gum graft surgery? I know I should leave them alone, but they feel so strange. I find myself rubbing them with my tongue without thinking about it. I’m worried i’m going to stop them from healing.

Try and stop: The tongue almost has a mind i it's own and it is difficult to stop. You can interfere with the healing by playing with the stitces. Try just placing the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth behind your front teeth. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a gum graft on the lingual side of my gums be successful? Or does the tongue prevent healing? Two periodontists disagree on the potential result

More challenging: Grafts of the lingual (tongue) side can be done. Healing can be more challenging and less predictable. If you are in need, consult with a third periodontist. ...Read more

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How do I stop teeth grinding (the cause) at night during the healing phase following allograft gum grafting?

How do I stop teeth grinding (the cause) at night during the healing phase following allograft gum grafting?

Bruxism cause: The cause of bruxism is not well understood. It might be related to stress, sleep disorder, occlusal dysharmony, etc. Appliance can be made to minimize or eliminate the damage caused by these habits on teeth and jaw joints. Discuss this issue with your own general dentist and periodontist. ...Read more

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How is treating gum recession different for someone with disproportionately large teeth relative to the gums and mouth? Periodontists don't seem capable of helping me even after I had orthodontic treatment. Gum grafts never last for me.

How is treating gum recession different for someone with disproportionately large teeth relative to the gums and mouth? Periodontists don't seem capable of helping me even after I had orthodontic treatment.  Gum grafts never last for me.

Clenching: Could be a sign that you are clenching and or grinding your teeth. You should be evaluated by someone that treats TMJ Dysfunction, a simple night guard will not help with this problem but a properly designed orthotic can help. ...Read more

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Can the operculum be used as gum graft?

Theoretically: Theoretically, but the size and shape would probably be difficult to work with. ...Read more

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I recently had an alloderm gum graft, now what?

Let it heal: If it was just done now you have to let it heal. Typically I keep the tiny sutures in place for about a month. I would recommend trying not to disturb the graft area as much as possible and rinse with salt water several times a day. I would check with your dentist when he/she wants you back to check on the graft. ...Read more

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Alloderm gum graft feels squishy, is this normal?

Vascular in growth: The squishy feeling is the initial period of fluid adsorption into the material. This is a normal process. ...Read more

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After having alloderm gum graft when does white disappear?

Depends on size: The white patch is the alloderm. Your gums "crawl" over the alloderm until they have covered it. This is a slow process, and the length depends on how much alloderm is exposed. Ask your surgeon and they have an accurate idea of how long it usually takes for a case your size. ...Read more

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Alloderm gum graft looks like its not attached, what to do?

Call your surgeon !: Call the dentist/surgeon who performed the procedure. They need to take a look. ...Read more

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I revenly got a gum graft and it looks like the skin is falling apart where they grafted it, should I be concerned?

See your surgeon: In many cases, this may just be the sloughed epithelium and the remaining connective tissue will have survived at the site. See your surgeon for follow up appointment to rule out gingival graft failure. Good luck! ...Read more

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I feel a gum graft is needed but it will not re-attach to a very long & front crown. It would form a "pocket". I do not show this area when smiling. ?

See the dentist.: Gum grafts are usually done for two reasons. Either there is not enough of the "attached" gum present to protect the underlying bone from disappearing due to trauma or it is done for cosmetic reasons. Since you do not show this spot, i would only recommend it if you need more attached gum tissue. ...Read more

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Gum graft tissue is brown. Normal?

Maybe: I would definitely call the dentist and ask them to evaluate the graft. You want to know asap if the graft is failing. It may be just fine. ...Read more

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Can getting a gum graft really be painful?

It CAN be, but...: But it doesn't have to be.! ...It depends on the technique, ; the experience of the periodontist, as well as the patients. That means, depending on the source of the donor tissue, whether it is from the roof of the mouth or from tissue bank ( allograft) can make a huge difference. Please beware that you can`t use allograft tissues for all cases, ; there are specific cases that are more successful. ...Read more

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Gum graft. Is it a scam or serious problem?

Not a scam: A gum tissue graft can help in many ways. First, the cause of the lost or receeded tissue must be identified and corrected. Sometimes we simply do not have the answer for this, but it is important to try to find out.Ex: occlusal trauma, chewing tobacco, incorrect /hard brushing, etc. Covering an exposed root, or establishing a healthy area of bound down tissue around a tooth is excellent treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: gum graft?

What is the definition or description of: gum graft?

Replace lost gum: Replacement of lost gum tissue with gum tissue from another part of your mouth. Different techniques available depending on the area and the reason the gum tissue was lost. Most commonly done to cover sensitive or exposed unattractive roots and defects in the tissue hampering your ability to clean the area, and to help maintain the bone around the tooth, to keep the tooth. ...Read more

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How long does it take to determine if gum graft failed?

Your dentist: Or periodontist would be better evaluators of success or failure. Sorry no cut and dry answer to your question. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Graft (Definition)

Tissues from one location are transferred to another . Also refers to ...Read more