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Gray gums after grafting

03/20/2009

Question:

I had a gum graft done 3 days ago. The roof of my mouth is healing just fine and nothing really hurts. However, the tissue at the graft site has gotten gray and patchy. It doesn`t hurt, it just looks managed and "moldy". What`s going on?

Answer:

Your periodontist probably told you this but please do not try to look at it. Every time you pull your lip and look at it, you may move the graft material, and it will not take. White stuff is the most superficial part that is necrosing due to lack of blood support. The underlying layers should survive if the graft stays stable.

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