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Donor Site Pain After A Gum Graft
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
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
Recently had a gum graft procedure. I now feel a sizable bump near the donor site. Is this normal?
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
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
How bad does a gum graft hurt? The way my dentist described it sounded painful. And the way people post about it online sounds even worse. My insurance will only cover local anesthetic. I'm really worried it will hurt..
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
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
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.?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What do you advise if I had a gum graft, can I play paintball. Read on for needed details to answer.?
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
I had a frenectomy and gum graft 4 years ago. The gum graft receded. Why? The dentist wants to do another frenectomy. Is it really necessary?
Periodontist: They are the "gum specialists" & they will likely provide the most sophisticated & best results. They have additional formal training for 2 years post dental school, as well as their day-to-day cases. Just as a family practitioner is capable of delivering a child, so is a dentist at being able to do a gum graft...However...If given the choice, I would choose an obstetrician every single time ;-). ...Read more
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