The white is the donor tissue that is sutured to the gums and eventually should turn pink when the blood flow is good and the graph completely takes. Crossing my fingers for that to happen...sometimes it doesn't take.
So I have two teeth with receding gums in the very front of my lower teeth. You can't see it when I smile I just noticed it recently, mentioned it to the dentist and was sent to the periodontist for a consult on gum tissue graphing. He told me that the reason it had receded so fast was due to a frenum that was attached from my lip to my gums and that it was acting like a zipper pulling my gums down. Zeke was tongue tied by another frenum...I guess we have 6 or 8 of these in our mouths.
So gum surgery with donor tissue to cover the gum and a mixture of proteins to help restore the bone loss was done last Wednesday. Mom picked me up since I was high as a kite from the pain killers and relaxation drugs they gave me. This Friday I go back for a frenectomy to remove the zipper effect. At that point the pain should be gone, I can exercise again, just to have to put everything (including eating anything harder than eggs) back to the way it is now and recover again.
My mouth hurts, my teeth hurt, I am grumpy from all the medication I am on and I feel like I have a pharmacy in my kitchen every three hours when I take 4 or more pills. My tummy is now acting up from all the medication also...yeah!!!! But life goes on and I have school and service hours to complete and a swollen chin and I can't smile.
All this for the low cost of only $2700. I do not know how much my insurance will cover we each have 2500 a year and the insurance will pay 80% up to 2500 so I should get a chunk back...they only accept cash prepay at the periodontist...so they always get paid....I have only seen the dentist this year for a regular check-up..so there is money still in my account.
Check with your dentist about a frenenctomy before you have to have the gum graphing done also.