Dental Bone Graft with non adherent gum tissue 3 weeks out. (photo)

My sutures just came out on the posterior side of my bone graft and the gum tissue is totally separated. Is this ok? Should I call my doc or wait to see him in 2 days?

Doctor Answers 2

Dental Bone Graft

As long as there are no signs of infection, this could be just an exposed membrane barrier that was used to contain the bone graft or it could be actual bone particles that are above the healing vascularized area of bone. Please check with your surgeon to confirm. 

Miami Periodontist
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Healing after bone graft

from the picture you have provided it seems that you have a membrane covering the bone graft. The type of this membeane seems to be Gortex ( cytoplast)  which will be removed after 21 days. 

This membrane could be left exposed ,  and it is designed so that new gum tissue grows underneath it to cover the bone.   Once it is removed , the flaps of gum that you are concerned about not attaching , will close up. 

So your healing looks normal. If you are still concerned book a follow up appointment to see your surgeon 

Elly Tehrani, DMD, MSD
Toronto Periodontist
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