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tmjpain
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   Posted 11/14/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am having a gum graft done on Tuesday. Has anyone here had one done that can give me a little heads up on what to expect. Should I take some Ativan before going? I know I am going to ask her to freeze me up to the ying yang. IYKWIM!! I am not looking forward to any pain I might have after the freezing comes out as I have enough pain already with my terrible headaches.
 
Suzane

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   Posted 11/14/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a bone graft at the base of a back molar a couple years ago. They thought they would have tomake an incision in the gum to insert the graft. However, when the endodontist got to work, he was able to stretch the tissue enough to get the graft in place. I was numbed up so felt nothing. After the numbing medication wore off, I had some discomfort but not anything too bad. I believe I had to rinse afterward on some type of schedule and be careful when I brushed.

If the dentist in making incision in your gums, you shouldn't feel anything because of the numbing medication. Afterward, I would expect you might have some discomfort in the area. Wish I could help you more. I would consult the dentist before you take an ativan. Ativan might interfere with the dentist's plans so it is wise to check first. Give the office a call on Monday.
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   Posted 11/14/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Ides,
You have avascular necrosis? Can I ask where and what the doctors are doing for it?
Thank you,
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skeye
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   Posted 11/14/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Suzane,

I don't know anything about gum grafts (they certainly don't sound like fun), but I just want to wish you luck! I hope all goes well & is quick and easy!

hugs,
Skeye

tmjpain
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   Posted 11/14/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Skeye!!

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   Posted 11/14/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
 
   Dear Suzanne,
 
    Good evening *warm huggs* it is good to see you. I do hope you are able to realx somewhat tonight. I know you must be worried to no end!
 
     Gum grafts arnt so bad. I wouldnt take anything before hand as they will completly numb up the roof of your mouth (might give you a pill or gas aswell), make a small incision and scrape out tissue. They will then close up the incision site (dont eat with food on that side for a week) then they will numb up the area to recieve the graft. The area that recieves the gratf will feel "burned" for about 4 to 5 days. Nothing too bad, but be sure your use Q=tips or infants soft brissel tooth brush to keep it clean. He/She will also prived you with Peridex (or somthing similar) and be sure to use it to "clean" both the incision site and the graft site after EVERY meal and dark colored / sugared drink. Try to say no to the soda, if you are a soda drinker.
 
     I hope everything goes well!!!!!!
 
*huggs*
  dani

 

 

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privey
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   Posted 11/14/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
tmj
I know nothing about grafts in the mouth but it doesn't sound fun. Sorry you have to go through it and I hope it helps and gives you relief.... *hugs*

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   Posted 11/14/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Suzane,
call the doctor's office that is doing the procedure and ask, I would say to get off any muscle relaxer's as they can
hinder/slow the healing, but call and ask, it's a good question...after my lip biopsy, I had to rinse with hydrogen peroxide
and water, it was aweful and you might be placed on an antibotic..let your PM doctor know about the procedure as you
might need a stronger pain med after the procedure...and ice will help to so stock up your freezer with ice...
I had 8 stitches from a lip biopsy..so will hope your procedure goes smoothly for you...
Keep us posted...maybe do a google search on your procedure...
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my lip biopsy hurt like heck, and I went on 2 rounds of antibotics, 8 stitches, 2 weeks of hydrogen peroxide rinses
then on an oral antibotic rinse and 1 1/2 month later still hurts some and still not totally healed..but the sjogren's makes it harder for me to heal...
finger crossed for you...
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PAlady
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   Posted 11/14/2009 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Tmj,
I haven't had a graft, but I have had major gum surgery. I would go with Dani's advice more than mine, because she's had these procedures if I'm correct. After the gum surgery, I know i used ice packs for a few days, but I had full mouth gum surgery.

At any rate, good luck to you! I also would go with others' suggestion to ask your dentist before taking any medication in advance.

PaLady

tmjpain
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   Posted 11/15/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for your input. I guess you must have had this done Dani. I just worry about more pain because my headaches are enough in itself. I will try to relax and let things take its course. I will let you all know how it goes. I have an excellent rapport with the dentist doing the procedure as she has gone above the call of duty in helping me with  my headaches for the last ten years. She is apparently quite good at this procedure and quick at it. I'll just come home and rest for the remainder of the day.

 

Hugs

Suzane


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   Posted 11/15/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
 
   Dear Suzanne,
 
       Yes, I have had a rather large section done, then months later, during the oral surgery had majority of jaw upper/lower done. I have been under going full dental reconstruction for the last few months. In another 4 months I will be done "healing" and it will be complete. And yes, if I were you I would just take the day off. keep your meds on hand for as soon as the procedure is done.
 
*warm huggs*
    dani

 

 

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bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/1/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
My dentist suggested grafting one time for receeding gums. All I ever heard about skin grafts was they always took skin from the hip. When I asked about taking skin from my hip he replied "no, unless you want hair growing in your mouth", then he proceeded to tell me an oral surgeon would take the skin from the roof of my mouth. I have since changed dentists and it has never been mentioned since. I think he was just trying to make some extra money for the oral surgeon that worked out of his office.

Enough about me. Sorry I can't help you with your question but I'm sure your dentist will fill you in on everything you need to do prior & after the procedure. You may want to have someone with you when you ask questions so you won't be second guessing yourself on what the doctor ordered. Good Luck, Suzane!!
---Jag---
 
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