A gum graft surgery is a very common procedure, and there are a couple of tips we would like to share in order to guide you through the healing period.
Since you will be under a sedative in order to help you relax and make the whole experience painless, you will be under its effects. It is a good idea to arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery.
For the first two weeks it is recommended that you ingest a soft-food diet and prefer your food cold rather than hot. We know how boring it can get by eating only jello and ice-cream so if you would like some ideas to spice up your post-operative diet, take a look at the suggestions we have provided in our blog.
Until your gum-line is fully repaired and healed, do not floss or brush the gum line. Your doctor will most probably send you home with a special mouth rinse that will help you in the healing process and control plaque. Also you might receive a prescription for antibiotics so as to reduce the risk of infection.
Depending on the type of gum graft that was performed on you, you will be experiencing some type of discomfort. If no tissue was removed from your palate you should not be feeling any type of discomfort, however if tissue was removed from your palate you might experience a sensation very similar to a pizza burn. Don’t worry because the discomfort will quickly subside.
It usually takes a week or two for your mouth to heal fully, however you can perfectly resume your everyday activities the next day after your surgery.
If for any reason your gums start to bleed and it doesn’t stop after applying pressure for 20 minutes or you are experiencing more pain, swelling or bruising than expected please call your dentist.
While gum graft surgery is a great way to provide an effective solution to root exposure, we cannot stress how important it is to maintain an impeccable oral health routine.
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By: Prisma Dental
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