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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

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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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..

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..

Every: Every patient is different. The procedure is painless after you get numb. The after affects when the local wears off will require pain medication.Please weigh forgoing the procedure versus posssibly losing the tooth in the future. ...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.?

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 don't 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?

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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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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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?

Probably: Your Dentist is there, looking at you. I'm not, and can't see what's going on. Additional gum surgery may be required. Have you considered a second opinion from a Periodontist, a gum/bone specialist? ...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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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

Graft (Definition)

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