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

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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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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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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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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Since one of my teeth receded, and i'm probably going to need a gum graft, does this procedure hurt?

Since one of my teeth receded, and i'm probably going to need a gum graft, does this procedure hurt?

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 various 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 work perfect. ...Read more

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Dentist needed to redo my 4 teeth gum graft. It hurt so much after I went home. I will not tell him at next appointment how I felt for one week.Smart?

Dentist needed to redo my 4 teeth gum graft. It hurt so much after I went home. I will not tell him at next appointment how I felt for one week.Smart?

No: The doctor patient relationship needs to have open and honest communication in order to provide and receive the optimal care. If the procedure was more uncomfortable than anticipated, you should relay that to your dentist. If you have other procedures to be performed, your dentist may possibly have other options available for you to make the procedure more comfortable. ...Read more

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Does the roof of the mouth hurt post op after getting a sub tissue gum graft for one big tooth?

Gingival Graft: Pain may occur following a gingival graft surgery. It is a surgical procedure and is not completely risk-free. Pain, swelling, bad breath and infection following surgery is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery. After that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop. Good luck. ...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. 
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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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Dentist on vacation. Few days ago had a gum graft due to recession. There are some drops of blood at the tooth site. Very unusual?

Gum graft: It could be the graft moved which caused it to bleed, hard to say without looking at it. Definitely dont eat or touch the area until a dentist looks at it. Also keep it clean w warm salt water or presc rinse ...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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In a connective tissue gum graft, how does a dentist stop all the blood flowing into ones mouth when cutting the palate for the tissue?

In a connective tissue gum graft, how does a dentist stop all the blood flowing into ones mouth when cutting the palate for the tissue?

Surgical Assistant: The surgical assistant will assist your dentist during the surgery. The anesthetic contains epinephrine which helps decrease blood flow at the surgical site, and suctioning the area will also help. You have to remember that your dental providers have thousands of hours of education and that much more in experience. Don't worry about such things. ...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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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

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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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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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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?

Loose tooth: There is no way to know this without knowing your dental history, having a clinical exam, and seeing pre- and post-op x-rays. Contact your dentist and/or the dentist that placed the graft. ...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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Graft (Definition)

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