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Old 05-22-2009, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Spring, TX
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Has anyone had this done? My 9 yr. old has 1 tooth where the gum has receded. I was referred to a periodontist who said they can graft some gum from the roof of her mouth and put it on that tooth. It sounds very painful. My husband's boss just had it done and said it was horrible. I was wondering if anyone has a child that has had this procedure and how it went. How was the recovery?
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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My boyfriend had this exact thing done when he was 19 (so not quite so young, but closer ). He describes it as "not terribly enjoyable but it did what it needed to do". The procedure itself was quick and easy, but he says it took a long time for the roof of his mouth to heal (about a month) and he had issues eating during that time: the spot on the roof of his mouth was covered by cement while it healed, but the cement would sometimes shift, and if a tiny piece of food got lodged in there it was very painful.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I had that done and it didn't hurt at all. Seriously, and I'm afraid of everything - I have anesthesia to have my teeth cleaned because of sensitivity and general fear. The area of the grafts was sort of numb for a few days - maybe longer - following the procedure (slight interruption in the nerve endings?) and then they felt sort of itchy, like something that was healing. I was told not to eat or drink anything very hot or cold for a while or anything that was very crunchy so that nothing bumped into the graft.

Following the procedure, I wore a palate cover, sort of like a retainer that you'd wear after having braces removed. This kept the wound covered and I was able to eat fairly normally in just a couple of days and never had problems. Nothing could bump the roof of my mouth to cause any pain. I think that is the way to go.
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Old 05-23-2009, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Spring, TX
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Thanks, I feel better now. My daughter would have that retainier as well. The periodontist said he recommends them for kids. I am thinking maybe my husband;s boss got infected or something. He says he has a high tolerance for pain, and that it was just extremely painful.
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