One should expect tenderness at either
Posted 2014-04-11 8:18 PM (#195490)
Subject: One should expect tenderness at either


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I have always had great teeth, but I was recently told I needed a soft tissue gum graft. Could you tell me more about this procedure? How painful is it? How long does it take to heal? What side effects can I expect?

Soft tissue gingival, or gum, grafting was introduced in dentistry in the early 1960s. It is now a tried-and true-method used to increase the zone of strong gum tissue that surrounds the outer surfaces of all your teeth, as well as the small triangular tissues between teeth. Patients are advised to receive a gum graft when the soft tissue and bone on the outer surfaces of the teeth have gum recession at the gumline. Usually a patient will see the gum line drop (lower jaw) or rise (upper jaw). When the gum recedes to less than 2 mm dentists recommend grafting additional tissue.

The procedure, usually performed under local anesthesia, nsk handpiece entails the removal of a thin section of gum tissue from the palate, from an area near your teeth. This tissue is then added to the site where the gum has receded. There are other types of gum grafts, too; when patients have sensitive roots or the roots that are exposed are unattractive, a gum graft can cover the exposed roots, thus decreasing sensitivity and/or improving appearance. Once the soft tissue has been removed from the palate and stitched into place where needed, bandages made of putty are often placed on one or both of the wounds.

One should expect tenderness at either or both wound sites. I advise my patients to use a lot of ice on the day of surgery and to take three Advil every four hours the first day. This helps reduce swelling and pain through the rest of the week. The stitches are removed after about one week, and patients typically feel better by that point. No antibiotics are needed on a routine basis, but there are isolated situations in which they should be used. The area on the palate where the graft was taken should fill back in and feel better within one to four weeks, while the grafted site should thicken up and become strong in approximately two to four weeks. This is a very common and quite successful procedure. It sounds worse than it actually is, so don't let your fears prevent you from getting the necessary treatment.
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