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Gum Grafting Ask The Periodontist Marie Schweinebraten Question:
Gum Graft Recovery: For the first 8 days after the surgery, the gum graft area was ugly, turning black, red, and white-ish, however, for the next 8 days the whole area turned white and has stayed that way since.

I went for a check-up at the end of the 2nd week and told the dentist I didn't think the gum tissue took because it's white. He told me it should be white and that he'll see me in another 2 weeks to see the progress.

I just want another opinion, because I am worried that the tissue is dead after reading online that for the gum tissue to take there needs to be blood supply, which I assume changes the gum tissue from white to the natural pink colored gum.

I also read that gum grafting takes 4-8 weeks to heal. ...Visitor from CA

Answer:
A graft does take several weeks to heal. There are different types of grafts, but a connective tissue graft or an alloderm graft, will appear white as it progressively heals.

At times, this white appearing tissue will even slough off and it may look as though graft did not take. It is very important to leave the area undisturbed. The cells underneath will regenerate gum material.

It sounds as though your graft is healing normally. I cannot predict how much of the root will be covered, since this depends on how much was exposed before the graft was done and the technique used.

Be patient and see the dentist in two weeks. But the final evaluation should be in 8 to 12 weeks.

Marie C. Schweinebraten, DMD
Atlanta Periodontist
2925 Premiere Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 623-0930

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