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Post Gum Graft Healing

09/30/2010

Question:

I recently got a gum graft surgery using Allograft. The healing has in general been going well at week 3.5. However, I notice that there is a a small patch of white (guessing this is the allograft), almost like a tiny lil crater ... where the surrounding pink gum hasn`t quite "closed" over it. Is this normal? Why is it localized to this tiny area whereas the rest of the gums seemed to look normal from the procedure. I am worried that this lil patch wont heal.

Thanks!

Answer:

This can be a simple plaque accumulation or it can be exposed allograft which would resorb slowly. If it is small enough, it would heal through the surrounding blood supply.

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Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University