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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..

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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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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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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Which type of dentist does a gum graft?

See a periodontist: Gum grafting is a procedure which periodontists have perfected it is a procedure they do all the time with very very good results. It's their specialty. ...Read more

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Can a gum graft be done in behind a front tooth?

Can a gum graft be done in behind a front tooth?

Yes: Not a common area for a graft, but it is possible. First find out why the tissue has receeded and address that problem first. See a prosthodontist for this. See the periodontist for the evaluation for the graft. Typically, they will work as a team. Many good ones in n.J. ...Read more

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Tooth never loose now loose after gum graft. Why?

Tooth never loose now loose after gum graft. Why?

Loose tooth: Usually means supporting bone loss which is often mirrored by tissue loss, thus the need for bone graft. Return to the General Dentist, Periodontist, or Oral Surgeon that did the graft for reevaluation. ...Read more

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When will my donor site after a gum graft stop hurting?

1-2 weeks: The donor site usually is 100% within 2 two weeks. The length of time depends upon the technique the dentst used. ...Read more

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What to do if my gum graft - alloderm vs palate tissue?

What to do if my gum graft - alloderm vs palate tissue?

Depends on Size: Both grafting techniques have advantages. If you need a graft just on one tooth, the palatal wound of the donor site isn't too bad. In fact, most patients will come report that the roof of the mouth was not a big deal. If you need 3 or more teeth in a row grafted, you may want to consider the alloderm. ...Read more

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Gum graft - what works better, alloderm vs palate tissue?

Gum graft - what works better, alloderm vs palate tissue?

Both: Both grafts are highly successful. There really is not a "better" one. I do these grafts all week long, and they are appropriate for different tissue types and areas, as well as different patients. Depending on the size, and location of the recipient site, one may be indicated where the other is not. Consult your periodontist and they can advise you which is better for a particular situation! ...Read more

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Is it ok if part or all the gum graft (tooth) goes white?

Maybe: It is fairly common for a graft to differ in appearance from the adjacent tissue. If you can get back to the original surgeon for evaluation, that's the best way to be sure. Failing that, go to another dentist to have it examined. I have seen several that appear fairly white many years later ...Read more

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Gum graft - alloderm vs palate tissue, what's the difference?

Gum graft - alloderm vs palate tissue, what's the difference?

One healing site: With alloderm, you don't need to have tissue removed from the roof of your mouth, so you only have one surgical site that needs to heal as opposed to two sites. ...Read more

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I got a gum graft, can I play paintball. Read on for needed details to answer.?

YES, IF?: How long ago was it done?
Let it heal for 2 weeks and should be good to go.
Why not ask the dentist who did it how long to wait? ...Read more

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Gum graft question: how many months after the surgery until the gums look normal?

Variable: The dentist can make the gums look normal but it depends what the surgery looks like. Sometimes free gingival grafts can look like a patch on a tire. There are techniques to blend the tissue so it looks like the patch was never there. Often the procedure can be done so there are no esthetic concerns at all. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I had a gum graft, can I play paintball. Read on for needed details to answer.?

Ask: Ask the dentist or periodontist who did the graft for an opinion as to how much healing time your graft will require. Depends on your overall health, meds, hx of smoking, type and extent of graft, bone support, and many other factors. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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In the morning I had a gum graft. Since the numbness paintballing but of what could happen to my gums, what to do?

Don't understand: Don't understand your question. Are you asking if it's ok to engage in extreme physical activity right after surgery? Not wise. Call the dentist or periodontist that did the graft for specific instructions. ...Read more

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Just recently had gum graft surgery, looks like my gums are still receding, worry that the graft didn't take, or is that normal?

Time for a follow up: Gum graft surgery can reduce the amount of recession and lessen the chance that gums will receed further in the future, but there is no guarantee that it will entirely eliminate what was already present. If you are not sure what you are seeing, schedule a follow up with the dentist or periodontist who did the procedure for you. ...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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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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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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Could a gum graft help stable a loose tooth?

Very unlikely.: If the looseness of the tooth, or teeth, are due to loss of bone supports around them, I am afraid that's the gum graft would be the last thing that you would need. The reason behind the looseness of the tooth or teeth needs to be established first. Gum grafts are mainly geared toward repair or regeneration of the gum tissues around the recessed teeth. They will not repair the bone ...Read more

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Is it safe to use regular mouthwash 2 weeks after a gum graft?

Gum graft: Best to ask the oral surgeon/dentist who performed the procedure about the safety of mouthwash. Type of mouthwash (with alcohol or alcohol free) may make a difference. ...Read more

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I'm having fluid retention after gum graft surgery. Why is this happening?

I'm having fluid retention after gum graft surgery. Why is this happening?

Inflammation: Controlled inflammation is a normal and necessary process of healing. Wound healing required vasodilation of blood vessel and neovascular genesis to activate chemotaxis of the inflammatory cells. Inflammation is considered as a primary mechanism of innate immunity, referred to as the nonspecific immune system or the first line of defense. It is considered noral within the first two weeks. ...Read more

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My dentist recommended I get alloderm gum graft. How successful is this $8k procedure?

Depends: It all depends on a proper diagnosis, the skill and the techniques of the periodontist. In the proper situation, with a skilled surgeon it can be successful. ...Read more

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My gums are receding from over brushing. Is there any way I can fix it without a gum graft?

You personally, no: Depending on the location and size of the defect, there may be alternatives which may include repositioning if the tissue. Your periodontist should explain the pro's and con's of all your options. Get a second opinion from another local periodontist if you still have concerns. ...Read more

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Hi, I was had a pinhole technique gum graft. How long does it last? If I brush correctly now.

Result is permanent: And you must keep your gums healthy by avoiding over brushing and taking steps to reduce the risk of gum disease. ...Read more

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Recently had a gum graft procedure. I now feel a sizable bump near the donor site. Is this normal?

Go Back: Multiple possibilities so it's best you phone the individual that performed the procedure and get seen sooner rather than later.
May only be local inflammation but infection and even potential graft rejection cannot be dismissed. ...Read more

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At 10 am I had a gum graft. Since the numbness paintballing but of what could happen to my gums, what to do?

Gum graft: Pain is a sign you need to see your doctor. Go back to your surgeon and let them check the area to be sure all is well with the graft and the donor site. ...Read more

Graft (Definition)

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