Have you ever had a gum graft ?

  • Webster666

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    Jan 11, 2010 4:19 AM GMT
    Along several of my front bottom teeth, the gums are receding to the point where my dentist is recommending a gum graft, where they would remove pieces of skin from the roof of my mouth, then sew them onto my gum line.

    Has anybody had this done ?
    I would be interested to know your experience with this.
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    Jan 11, 2010 4:45 AM GMT
    I'd like to hear responses too. I have a receding gum line problem also. And well, it's definitely a problem now because I've been putting it off for so long. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 11, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
    I had it done when I was like 17, side-effect of braces. It wasn't near as bad as it sounded, or looked, to be quite honest. My mouth was a mess for a week or so, and I developed an ongoing love of Ensure that continues to this day.
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    Jan 11, 2010 4:56 AM GMT
    So it takes roughly a week for the graft to set/heal?
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    Jan 11, 2010 5:05 AM GMT
    xrichx saidSo it takes roughly a week for the graft to set/heal?


    Eh, if that. I remember three sore days, but not as severe as regular pain of braces. They took a patch about .5 inch square from the roof of my mouth that felt like a regular mouth sore. My graft was on my lower gums. Wierdest part was having stitches in my gums, looked kind of freaky. Sorry to be so vulgar. They came out in a week or so, my mom is a doc and took 'em out, didn't even have to go back to the oral surgeon. Main thing I remember was having it done one day and running cross-country sectionals the next with no side-effects.
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    Jan 11, 2010 6:29 AM GMT
    Thanks. Good info. Yeah, my receding gum line was due to braces also. And the fact that I brushed my teeth too hard. I wish Sonic Care existed back then. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jan 11, 2010 6:57 AM GMT
    I had the procedure 16 years ago.

    It was terrible pain for about a week, even to manipulate my mouth open and closed. It was painful to even sip through a straw. However, it really was just a week.

    The dentist told me it was due to over brushing and to switch to a soft bristled toothbrush. Alas, I require it again.icon_confused.gif
  • Ironman4U

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    Jan 11, 2010 1:14 PM GMT
    Had a couple gum grafts a few years ago. The procedure is pretty easy and not painful. A bit sore for a few days and have to be careful what you eat during that time. But heals quickly and can't tell where the grafts were done...pretty seamless.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 11, 2010 1:41 PM GMT
    I was having a problem with brushing too hard and receding gums. I switched to a SonicCare toothbrush and it's improved immensely. With flossing and using that twice a day, my cleanings are quick and my gum health has really bounced back.
  • Matia79

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    Jan 11, 2010 2:06 PM GMT
    My mother had 3 grafts done. Same problem (God help me if I've inherited it). She says it was definitely worth it and she regrets not having it done sooner . . . but I can tell you from simply watching her, it is painful. She's a tough cookie though and if you have a high threshold for pain I suggest booking your appointment right away and getting it done with.
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    Jan 11, 2010 4:03 PM GMT
    26mileman saidI had the procedure 16 years ago.

    It was terrible pain for about a week, . Alas, I require it again.icon_confused.gif



    26,mileman, I am adding to your comment because I am curious to hear if Canada has a similar problem of under-prescribing pain meds to surgical patients, the disabled, etc. In California, the problems has required education for consumers, which encourages them to go to the MD with the information in hand Below is an example, Webster 666; you might want to have a look, so you will have an easy recovery

    http://www.medbd.ca.gov/pain_guidelines.html
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    Jan 11, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    ILmarathonrunner said
    xrichx saidSo it takes roughly a week for the graft to set/heal?


    Eh, if that. I remember three sore days, but not as severe as regular pain of braces. They took a patch about .5 inch square from the roof of my mouth that felt like a regular mouth sore. My graft was on my lower gums. Wierdest part was having stitches in my gums, looked kind of freaky. Sorry to be so vulgar. They came out in a week or so, my mom is a doc and took 'em out, didn't even have to go back to the oral surgeon. Main thing I remember was having it done one day and running cross-country sectionals the next with no side-effects.


    That's really interesting. I'm going in for a review with the surgeon this month, but my dentist told me that I won't be allowed to exercise or run for at least one week, maybe 10 days (he knows I'm a total jock, so worried about me).

    It also sounds like it could be kinda painful for at least a few days. Can't eat anything solid, etc. icon_eek.gif
  • Webster666

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    Jan 12, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidI was having a problem with brushing too hard and receding gums. I switched to a SonicCare toothbrush and it's improved immensely. With flossing and using that twice a day, my cleanings are quick and my gum health has really bounced back.


    Interesting. I have always gone at my teeth as if I was scrubbing graffiti off a concrete wall. LOL. That seems to be the biggest cause of receding gums.

    I also brushed back and forth instead of up and down.
    I don't know if that's a factor.

    For the past 5 years I've used a Sonicare electric toothbrush, which, I think, has made the problem worse.

    Looks like I'll have to make an appointment.
    It's supposed to be very expensive; well upwards of a $1000.00.
    My insurance covers "oral surgery."
    Are gum grafts considered "oral surgery ?"
    I would certainly think so.

    Many thanks for all the information.
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    Jan 12, 2010 2:09 AM GMT
    My bf had a couple of skin grafts done 6-7 years ago and was in a lot of pain for 2-3 days. But everything was fine after about a week.

    I floss and use a gum stimulator once a day; brush my teeth from the gums to the teeth (switch between my electric Braun Oral-whatever and a manual brush) and my dental hygienist gives me high marks.