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Bone Grafts Ask The Dentist Ara Nazarian Question:
Hole in Gum after Bone Graft: I recently had a bone graft done where the upper #7 implant will be. They extracted a 1cm x 1cm piece from my ramus and screwed it to the implant site.

Everything looked great for a week, then infection struck. After the infection was treated (4 days or so) I was left with missing gum tissue over the now exposed bone graft. The surgeon didn't seem too alarmed, but for as much as I have invested in this process, I don't want to be lackadaisical.

Could I get a second opinion - is this normal? Is there anything I can do to help regrow the gum tissue? There is no discomfort, other than the fear that I'm going to lose the graft. ...Visitor from IN

Answer:
Without a picture and proper documentation during this procedure, it is difficult to say, however, it sounds like you may just have some prolonged healing due to the infection.

In most cases this closes up after 3-5 weeks. Many times we will place a membrane at the time of bone grafting, and this sometimes can be visible in the opening.

Follow up with your surgeon, he will guide you the right way and be sure to not smoke.

A Nazarian, DDS

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