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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Gum grafting infections
I had gum grafting done six days ago. I have a great deal of swelling and soreness. There is a white sticky secretion around one of the teeth involved.(where the tissue was sewn on) I was only given pain pills. Does this sound like an infection and do I need antibiodics?
Swelling should gradually go down. The white sticky secretion is not infection. It is a part of healing-related inflammation. You do not need antibiotics unless you develop fewer, fatigue, or swelling under the chin/neck area. If the pain and swelling continues to be significant after 10 days, you should see your periodontist.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University