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Gum Diseases

Gum graph dislocating

06/19/2008

Question:

I had a gum graph today where the dentist took the skin from the roof of my mouth and grafted to 3 of my lower right teeth. I know it was a dumb move but when I got home I gently pulled my lip to see and now I think I dislocated what he did. I even called the office and they said as long as the `putty` is still in place it`ll be ok. Is there a chance this graph will fail?

Answer:

It is too early to tell. Since it happened so soon after surgery, it may have a chance to recover. It depends on how thick the blood clot is forming between graft and tooth surface and how much of it was destroyed when it was dislocated. However, do not try to look again.

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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