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Question:
Receding gums after a bone graft: I had a bone graft performed on my lower left molar after an infection.

It's been two and a half weeks and I'm concerned because I am finding that small pieces of material in my mouth every few days, and my gums seem to be receding where I had the most work was done.

Also I have been recently experiencing sensitivity to cold and heat on that one tooth. Is this normal or could the bone graft be failing? ...Visitor from Riverside

Answer:
It sounds like the graft is failing.

We don't know of many dentists who perform bone grafts to save an existing tooth. Gum tissue can be grafted in layers quite successfully, as in treating a gum recession problem.

Bone graft is best used in situations where the graft site is surrounded by healthy bone, as would be the case with a common socket graft.

Bone graft material is also used in ridge splitting. The bony ridge (where teeth are anchored) is split open and graft material is "packed" into the split, to create a healthier wide ridge suitable for an eventual implant.

Solid bone is often used to fill in a large gap of missing bone... but it is usually fastened with titanium screws and packed with pulverized graft material to accelerate healing and eventually accommodate an implant treatment. The screws are eventually removed.

You may want to check with your State Dental Board to determine if your treatment is an approved procedure.

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