Soft tissue on #5/6 and #11/12

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Posted on By Helen Chiu In Soft Tissue Enhancement

I have a question for Dr. Maurice Salama:

Last week I placed two connective grafts on #5/6 and #11/12 areas with the commercially available grafting material.
This week when the patient came in, the graft material is exposed on #6 and #11. Patient is not in pain, but stated that he is "uncomfortable". The areas appear swollen.
What should I do now? Do I cut out the portion that is exposed or do I leave the graft material there? I have advised the patient the possibility of re-grafting the area in the future.
Thanks,

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Helen;
Place on Antibiotics and observe over the next few weeks.
It appears that you were unable to gain and maintain tension free closure. The area exposed hopefully will resorb without issue but you will not gain root coverage. Worse case is the infection worsens and you must open and remove graft....keep an eye out. good luck Dr. Salama


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Thank you for the advice.


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