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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Root exposed after gum graft
At my one week follow-up after a free gingival graft, I was told that a piece of the graft had sloughed on. The periodontist showed me the surgical site, but rushed off before allowing me to ask further questions. At three and a half weeks, I have increased sensitivity and the tooth appears more exposed than it did prior to surgery. What can I expect next?
If the graft fails, we generally wait up to six weeks to have a matured soft tissue and then repeat the procedure. Sometimes some of the graft survives, and you can determine how much of it survived at approximately 6 weeks. If some of your graft survived, the periodontist may decide to move it more towards the root surface instead of repeating the whole procedure.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University