Finally, over two weeks have passed! According to those online sites, my gum graft wounds should be pretty nicely healed now.
Let's look back at Day 13!
On day 13, I went in early for my follow-up appointment with my periodontist. I was scared that the gum graft had fallen off, but I was assured that the gum graft was still there. It just looked so much like my original gums in colour that I couldn't tell if it was the new gums or the old gums - not bad!
As you can see from the picture, some of the stitches are still attached. Those fell out about a day or two later.
The periodontist told me that the "bandage" was still attached to the roof of my mouth where the gum graft donor tissue was taken from. I was surprised to hear that I had a bandage up there. I thought it was just the scab. I realize now that those pale coloured edges in the earlier pictures is actually the bandage she painted on.
She told me that there would be nice, new tissue on the roof of my mouth when the bandage fell off.
Sure enough, the bandage fell off today on Day 16! There really is nice, pink new tissue underneath!
This is the highly disgusting yet strangely fascinating bandage that fell off. It's thin like a crust and hard like a shell. Ewwww!And, ta da, here is the gum graft so far. There are no more stitches and everything is smooth and pink. The graft is slightly lighter in colour, but there are no ugly edges. Everything blends in pretty well.
I am quite satisfied with how this gum graft experience turned out so far.
Best wishes for a good experience for you too if you ever need to get a gum graft!