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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.
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
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
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