My Gum Surgery Did Not TakeI have crowding in two of my lower front teeth which pushes one tooth out more than the rest. I started to see that my gum over this one tooth that is pushed out started to get lower and lower. I saw a periodontist who told me he could take part of the gum from next to that tooth and "flip" it so that it was still connected to the blood supply and try to attach it to that tooth.
The procedure took about 40 mins. It involved numbing my lower front jaw, scraping that tooth a bit, then they put some acid or something like that on my exposed tooth that they were trying to have the gum stick to, then the cutting, then the stitching, then a chewing gum like material was placed over that area so I would be able to eat. I only felt the needle from the numbing stuff. And a little sensitivity when the acid was applied. But nothing else, and it was uncomfortable, but not painful.
I came back 12 days later to have the chewing gum like stuff out and the stitches out. My procedure did not work. The gum flap that was cut seems to have gone back it's original area. My exposed tooth seems to be more exposed than before. I have a few more weeks of recovery, but it's very clear that the gum will not be covering that tooth by moving over by itself. I was told that this procedure was more likely to work than the one where they take the tissue from the top of your mouth. My dentist wants to try again using that method now. I'm not sure I will do it.
The recovery was okay - it was uncomfortable but manageable. I had swelling and pain for the first three days, but then I was fine.
So far I have read that the danger to leaving the tooth exposed like this is that it can damage the bone and eventually I might loose the tooth. But due to the crowding, I think that I would be okay with that (but maybe I'm naive about this). And you can't see the problem when i talk or laugh, so I'm not sure that trying again will be worth it. I am leaning towards not having another surgery done and taking my chances with my tooth.