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Gum Diseases

Root exposed after gum graft

08/04/2008

Question:

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?

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University