Post-op instructionsAfter a gingival graft

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You will be able to go home following the procedure. However, if Dr. Oliveira gives you a sedative to help you relax, you will need to make arrangements to have someone drive you home.

Our team will give specific instructions regarding postoperative care, such as diet, physical activity, and medications. Do not floss or brush the gum line that was repaired until the area has healed. You will be asked to use a special mouth rinse to help control plaque during the healing process, and you may be put on an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection.

For a week or two following gum grafting, stick to soft, cool foods, such as eggs, pasta, Jell-O, yogurt, cottage cheese, well-cooked vegetables, and ice cream.

The amount of pain you experience after surgery depends on the type of gum graft performed. If no tissue is removed from your palate, you should have little to no discomfort. However, if tissue is removed from your palate, you may be uncomfortable for a few days following the procedure. The wound on the roof of your mouth has been described as feeling like a major pizza burn, but on the flip side, it tends to heal quickly. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication or prescription pain medication can help keep you comfortable in the days following surgery.

While it may take a week or two for your mouth to fully heal, you should be able to return to work or normal activity the day after surgery.

Call us if you experience any unusual symptoms following surgery, including:

  • Bleeding that won’t stop after applying pressure for 20 minutes.
  • More pain, swelling, and bruising than your dentist said to expect.