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.
6-8 weeks. Six to eight weeks , have your periodontist a see you at 2 weeks post surgery and then 6-8 weeks later.

Related Questions

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...
See the Surgeon. Without knowing exactly what was done and what it looked like before and now, including how long ago it was, we really can't give you an accurate answer. This question should be answered by the surgeon who actually performed the procedure. Read more...
Still healing. Although there are different types of "gum grafts", most of them receed slightly after the procedure is done. This is a normal healing process. However, you need to make sure that you follow the instructions after your surgery. Make sure that the sutures did not get loose, and be carefull not to brush the area vigorously. If you see bleeding or puss see your dentist immediately. Read more...

Is it normal to have run gums and a headache for a few days after gum graft surgery?

Absolutely. Depending on if the dr. Used allograph or your own tissue you may have a donor site and a graph site. So you have to be careful eating and this may cause some minor and temporary TMJ issues. Plus you had a lot of local anesthetic and had your mouth open for a long time. All of this can cause the headaches and the surgery will cause mouth soreness and redness. Read more...
POSSIBLE. After gum surgery swelling and redness occurs . Headache could be from apprehension and wondering about results. Read more...

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...
Your own tissue. Using tissue harvested from the roof of your mouth always provides the best results. Read more...

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

Inflammation Normal. After surgery of any kind, including gum surgery, there will be some swelling. Don't be alarmed unless the swelling is significant. There also may be slight bruising. Ice packs are a terrific option, do that with crushed ice in a zip-lock bag, cover it with damp washcloth. Hold on area for 20-min, then remove for 20-min, repeat. After 3-days post-op, use moist heat in the same fashion. Read more...
Call your dentist. Check with the person who performed the grafts and see if you are having a reaction to materials or medications. Read more...
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...

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

Your. Oral surgeon is the best source of that information! I can tell you that the KIND of SPORTS you are referring to is important! Hope this is helpful Dr Z. Read more...
Post op instructions. Your own surgeon can answer that question for you after the surgery is completed. This varies greatly depending upon your medical history, the extent of the surgery, any medications you may be on or prescribed, how well the surgery went and the type of sports you are referring to. Generally at least a few days. Read more...
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...

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...
Depends on Severity. Gum recession does not always mean your gums are not healthy. 1 can have lots of recession and yet have super healthy gums! there needs to be specific reason for grafting: root sensitivity? R u prone to decay in areas where root exposed by recess'n? Cosmetic issue? Recession has to be very severe to actually lose teeth from it or u'd have to be v. Caries prone. Perio otherwise ok: graft not essent. Read more...

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.

The . The dentist treating you should put a dressing over the wound for one week to protect the area from your rubbing it and it getting irritated. Read more...
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...

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.?

Check it out. gum tissue heals relatively quickly so if bothering you 2 years later says something is wrong. You need to have it looked at. Read more...
Chronic Pain. See Orofacial Pain specialist for evaluation, diagnosis and management. Any additional dental surgery or treatment is not recommended. Read more...

Why is face swollen (lower lip and left side) hard like a golf after gum graft surgery? On 500mg amoxicillin 3 x day. This is 4th day.

Facial swelling. There could be a collection of blood or pus. You should consult with the surgeon who performed the graft. Read more...
See your surgeon. Dental abscess infection may spread to the face, brain or neck. Direct spread from a dental source can account for up to 10% of brain abscesses. See your surgeon for a preventive and additional treatment. Amoxicillin 500 TID is an adjunctive treatment only. Take care. Read more...
Facial swelling. This is impossible to say without a clinical exam and more information about your condition and the surgery itself. Call your surgeon ASAP for advice and a post-op examination. Read more...