Gingival graft - anyone had one?

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    Jul 17, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    Ok guys, Mr. "I'm-Terrified-Of-Medical-Anything" has to have a gingival graft in 2 weeks.

    Anyone had one? What should I expect? (Yes, I've already spoken with the surgeon, but I want the unfiltered real deal)

    I'm told nominal pain for about 2 days (treated with fun pills!), and a 4 week recovery period with some restrictions.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 18, 2009 3:13 PM GMT
    No, but I think this is why I brush floss and use colgate total to prevent gigivitis. Alot of toothpastes do not.

    Good Luck with that!!

    Keep us posted!
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    Jul 18, 2009 3:17 PM GMT
    I dont even know what a gingival graft is? .... icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 21, 2009 4:04 AM GMT
    MuchMore is essentially correct, though, in some cases, including mine, recession of the gums can be due to factors outside of gum disease, including heredity.

    But the procedure will involve them harvesting a chunk of tissue from the roof of my mouth and grafting it to my lower gum over a thin spot below one of my lower front teeth.

    Now accepting nursemaid applications. TheGuyNextDoor's is currently on the top of the pile...
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    Jul 21, 2009 4:19 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidNo, but I think this is why I brush floss and use colgate total to prevent gigivitis. Alot of toothpastes do not.

    Good Luck with that!!

    Keep us posted!


    I had a gum graft last year, but it wasn't from gingivitis, it was actually from a mix of braces causing my teeth to shift at a quick rate, clenching of my jaw when I sleep, and over brushing.... I have to say my teeth are very clean but who knew you could brush too much?

    The surgery went really well for me, I was swollen for a couple of weeks, and I healed pretty quickly. I had to sing for a school function a few weeks later and I was fine. Just make sure you don't over do it too early!
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    Jul 21, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    $1,200

    hoping for some relief from insurance though!
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    Jul 21, 2009 5:24 AM GMT
    COJock1974 saidOk guys, Mr. "I'm-Terrified-Of-Medical-Anything" has to have a gingival graft in 2 weeks.

    Anyone had one? What should I expect? (Yes, I've already spoken with the surgeon, but I want the unfiltered real deal)

    I'm told nominal pain for about 2 days (treated with fun pills!), and a 4 week recovery period with some restrictions.



    Ouch! You may need to call one of Michael Jackson's docs icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 21, 2009 5:28 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    COJock1974 saidOk guys, Mr. "I'm-Terrified-Of-Medical-Anything" has to have a gingival graft in 2 weeks.

    Anyone had one? What should I expect? (Yes, I've already spoken with the surgeon, but I want the unfiltered real deal)

    I'm told nominal pain for about 2 days (treated with fun pills!), and a 4 week recovery period with some restrictions.



    Ouch! You may need to call one of Michael Jackson's docs icon_rolleyes.gif
    icon_eek.gif I can't believe you would recommend them after what happened to MJ icon_surprised.gif you want CoJock to be doing the moonwalk with MJ or something? icon_confused.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 21, 2009 6:48 AM GMT
    I don't overbrush. Twice a day and dentist every 6 months. I think if you had seen a dentist regularly they would have caught this sooner, and helped with prevention.icon_idea.gif
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    Jul 21, 2009 1:20 PM GMT
    I've had gingival grafts 12 years ago due to overbrushing with a medium bristled brush.

    It was quite painful honestly ( sorry), it took a week before the pain slowly subsided. About two weeks after I was eating solid food.

    However, it was a very effective procedure that was necessary. Just get it done and brush with a soft bristled brush. My dentist emphasized, "Gentle,gentle, gentle".
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    Jul 22, 2009 1:51 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidI don't overbrush. Twice a day and dentist every 6 months. I think if you had seen a dentist regularly they would have caught this sooner, and helped with prevention.icon_idea.gif


    OK clearly, MikemikeMike wins the online "I have better dental hygeine than you" award. Your golden toothbrush trophy is in the mail.

    (FYI, every 6 month cleaning, brush 2x daily, floss even more, it's hereditary dude.)

    I will pass on calling one of MJ's docs ... but I'm still taking nursemaid applications! RJers move to the top of the list.
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    Jul 30, 2009 7:57 PM GMT
    OK fellas, here's the big ol' update, i'm about 29 hours post surgery.

    Worse part was getting numbed up. I lost count after the 22nd injection in the roof of my mouth.

    Pain management has been acceptable, I'm hoping that in a few days when the heavy duty meds run out that I'm still relatively comfortable.

    I can't wait to chew again!

    But it's all good.