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White Tissue After Gum Grafting Procedure

10/12/2009

Question:

Hi, I just had my 4th gum grafting procedure 6 days ago. This time, it was done on my front lower teeth (4 of them) anyhow, after the packing came off, I noticed what I thought was a suture at the top of the graft, but then realized it was tissue..what can be done about this? Is this normal? Will the tissue turn pink again? Does this mean the graft didn`t take? thanks!

Answer:

I hope that you did not remove whatever you saw there. Generally the top part of the tissue becomes necrotic due to lack of vascularization, but deeper parts close to your tooth survive. I cannot tell you whether your graft took or not. Your periodontist should see you and you can ask him/her. Generally, some of it would take even if you are losing some parts.

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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