Why is my gum graft turning white?

Sometimes it may even look like the gum graft is falling off. The reason it is white is that the transplanted tissue has lost its vascularity (blood supply) and therefore the tissue has died.

What are the signs of a failed gum graft?

Here are 3 signs you may notice when gum grafts fail:

  • Tissue Sloughing or Shedding. Healthy gum tissue is pink and firm.
  • Early loss of the Surgical Dressing.
  • Root Re-Exposure.

Can you mess up a gum graft?

The stability of the grafted tissue is very important for the newly forming and migrating vessels. During healing, sometimes due to severe swelling and/or loosening of the sutures, the graft may move and surgery will not be successful.

Why do I wake up with white stuff on my gums?

On almost any surface, a thin layer of bacteria known as biofilm can stick. That’s why your gums and teeth feel like they’ve been covered in slime when you wake up in the morning. Biofilm is normal and happens to everyone—even if you brush, floss and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash.

What is the White Stuff around gums after bone graft and implant?

Answer: “White stuff” around gums after bone graft and implant. This appearance could be due to an exposed resorbable membrane and if the area could not be completely covered with gum tissue at the time of surgery, this appearance may be normal.

How does gum grafting surgery work?

During gum grafting surgery, a periodontist will commonly take connective tissue from the roof of the mouth (palate) and suture it to the affected gum-line. This allows more tissue to grow and close the exposed root surface (gum recession).

What can affect the healing of a gum line graft?

Anything that will cause the grafted tissue to move during healing, such as muscle pulls from inside the lip, will affect the healing. That is why periodontists generally show the site to the patient right after surgery and ask him/her not to look at it again during the first week.

Why do Gum grafts fail?

Gum grafts fail (in some cases) because post-treatment instructions weren’t followed but they can also fail for many other reasons too. Gum grafts have a higher failure rate in patients that don’t always heal well (i.e. due to Diabetes or other immune disorders).