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Constant pain after a gum graft

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Posted by: Cherry_On_Top  (8 years ago)
Hello!

Six years ago, I had a dental implant installed in my top first premolar on the right side. Over the years, I had gum recession and gum loss. Two months ago, I had a gum graft on this tooth. The tooth has been hurting ever since the surgery was done. The periodontist said the graft was healing well, but I am not feeling it that way. I did not have any pain on this tooth prior to the surgery. Has anyone had similar problem? The periodontist thinks I should see my regular dentist for the pain in my tooth because she cannot see any problem from the gum graft that she had done and that the pain could be caused by something else. Any thoughts about this matter? Thanks.
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Hello!

Six years ago, I had a dental implant installed in my top first premolar on the right side. Over the years, I had gum recession and gum loss. Two months ago, I had a gum graft on this tooth. The tooth has been hurting ever since the surgery was done. The periodontist said the graft was healing well, but I am not feeling it that way. I did not have any pain on this tooth prior to the surgery. Has anyone had similar problem? The periodontist thinks I should see my regular dentist for the pain in my tooth because she cannot see any problem from the gum graft that she had done and that the pain could be caused by something else. Any thoughts about this matter? Thanks.


This is confusing. You said you had a gum graft over an IMPLANT, yet you keep talking about pain in your "tooth." What are you talking about? Tooth or implant?
Posted 8 years ago
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Posted by: Cherry_On_Top  (8 years ago)
Dear Dr. Henry,

I am so sorry about the confusion. I was referring to the implant. I addressed it as "tooth" since it replaced my first premolar tooth. Thanks.
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Dear Dr. Henry,

I am so sorry about the confusion. I was referring to the implant. I addressed it as "tooth" since it replaced my first premolar tooth. Thanks.


Seldom do implants hurt unless they are infected and failing.

It is a tough thing to cover an exposed implant with a graft and make it work. Often sliding grafts are used. The graft will not adhere to the implant; the best you can do is merely keep the graft from dying. Perhaps there is a pocket between the graft and the implant. In that case, it can by irrigated with a cannula and hydrogen peroxide. Confer with the dentist who placed the implant. It is hard to make a diagnosis online. If the graft area hurts and bleeds when probed, you can bet this is your problem.
Posted 8 years ago
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