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Gum Graft Healing
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?
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
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.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Call your surgeon !: Call the dentist/surgeon who performed the procedure. They need to take a look. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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