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

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

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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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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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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I'm suppose to have a gum graft tomorrow. After the surgery is done, when can I return to playing sports?

Ask this tomorrow.: It will vary from days to weeks, and your surgeon/provider can address this at your appointment: it's a great conversation to have with her or him. Depending on the type and placement of your graft instructions will vary. It also will be affected by the type and intensity of your sport. ...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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Receding gums. Want to avoid recommended gum graft w/alloderm. How likely is it to lose teeth from this in the future if I choose not to have surgery?

Receding gums. Want to avoid recommended gum graft w/alloderm. How likely is it to lose teeth from this in the future if I choose not to have surgery?

No way to predict: It's always hard to predict the future. It depends upon so many factors including but not limited to: the extent of the recession, your oral hygiene, the type and amount of the remaining gum, your brushing habits, your general health over time, habits such as bruxism, and the luck of the draw, etc. Your own periodontist can give you the best prediction. Monitor it & reconsider your decision! ...Read more

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Need gum surgery for receding gums, which is better, donor gum tissue or using gum graft from the roof of the mouth?

Graft: I always see that, it is not the product, but it is the hand of the doctor that matters in many successful cases. Rather than a product choice, find out which product you and your surgeon would most benefit from to get you the best possible result? ...Read more

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I had gum graft surgery over 2 years ago and it still bothers me. The roof of my mouth still hurts and so does part of my tongue.?

I had gum graft surgery over 2 years ago and it still bothers me. The roof of my mouth still hurts and so does part of my tongue.?

Chronic Pain: See Orofacial Pain specialist for evaluation, diagnosis and management. Any additional dental surgery or treatment is not recommended. ...Read more

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How does the periodontist get rid of a collection of blood or pus after gum graft surgery? The gum grafts look okay. The swelling is in my cheek.

How does the periodontist get rid of a collection of blood or pus after gum graft surgery? The gum grafts look okay. The swelling is in my cheek.

Cheek Swelling: It is not uncommon to have swelling after a surgical procedure. This may be completely normal and not require any treatment other than just waiting for the area to heal and the swelling to subside. An antibiotic may be in order in case there is a suspicion of an existing or possible chance of infection. Discuss this issue with your Periodontist. He\she will know how to evaluate it. ...Read more

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7 days post gum grafting surgery, what should my gums look like?

7 days post gum grafting surgery, what should my gums look like?

Depends: Depends on the surgery and the instruments used. Was is laser or scalpel? Are you talking about the donor site or beneficiary site? Was a dressing placed? Was it a localized graft (1-2 teeth) or more involved? Are you on any meds? Diabetic? Also depends on where graft was done. These answers are needed to help answer. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about next pain 24 hours after dental surgery/gum grafting?

Should I be concerned about next pain 24 hours after dental surgery/gum grafting?

Normal: Some discomfort is, of course, to be expected after any kind of surgery. Your surgeon should have given you advice on how to deal with it, and perhaps some prescriptions. Most of the discomfort should disappear after about 24 hours. Just be sure to keep away from the surgical site for at least a week, or preferably, until the sutures are removed. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about neck pain todayfollowing dental - gum grafting surgery yesterday?

Should I be concerned about neck pain todayfollowing dental - gum grafting surgery yesterday?

Muscles v disc issue: Holding the neck in a certain position for a while can cause the muscles to be in spasm and pain. Most of us have some disc degeneration over time and holding the neck back can aggravate that. Probably unrelated to the gum surgery. ...Read more

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3rd metatarsal stress fracture- nonunion after 21 weeks. Bone graft and ORIF. Success likely for this surgery? Complications?

3rd metatarsal stress fracture- nonunion after 21 weeks. Bone graft and ORIF. Success likely for this surgery? Complications?

Successful treatment: A non-union fracture needs to be fully understood for the best surgical outcome. It is helpful to know if this is a vascular or non vascular non-union as it can change the surgical approach. Overall the surgery is very successfull unless you are a smoker. ...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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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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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

Graft (Definition)

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