One week post surgery.
A free gingival tissue graft is really not free, and as Teresa, who works at my Palm Harbor dentist office remarked ” and neither is gingival named after ‘Ginger from Gilligan’s Island.’ ”
The reason this type of surgery is so named has to do with the fact that the donor tissue is usually taken from another part of the body. The hard palate is the most often site from which tissue is harvested. I personally have see skin used. In the situation I saw, I was less than one year out of my residency and working in a large group practice in lower Manhattan, named “Federal Plaza Dental Associates.” One of the dental hygienists had a tissue graft done around tooth #24, the donor site was from her arm. The reason she did not like the outcome was that two hair follicles were transplanted from her arm to her gums. She had to trim those hairs in her mouth because they continued to grow.
Seen in this picture is what a normal palatal donor site looks like at 1 week.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A