Gum grafting is a procedure that we offer to our patients who need gum restoration. This surgery is relatively quick and simple and is used to restore gums who have suffered damage due to gum recession or periodontal disease. It can also be a cosmetic surgery performed when patients feel that their teeth appear too long and want to change the appearance of their smile.
What to Expect Now that you know why gum grafts are needed you should know what to expect when you come in for one and how long recovery takes. A gum graft can be performed using different techniques, but most commonly, we use an anesthetic to numb the mouth and remove a small patch of tissue from the roof of the mouth to apply to the affected area. After it is applied, the spot where the tissue was removed is stitched closed and recovery begins.
You'll be able to go home shortly after the procedure is completed as long as there are not any immediate issues with your graft. Once you are home, you can expect complete healing to take up to two weeks. Initially, we recommend that you sleep in a slightly reclined position. This not only improves the blood flow to your mouth, which helps the healing process, but it will relieve pressure on your mouth through gravity.
Soft foods are recommended for the first two weeks, as well as avoiding any hot or cold foods. Extreme temperatures can cause pain and hard foods can damage the grafted area.
If you have excessive bleeding or extreme pain, please call our office immediately. Mild pain and discomfort can be handled with over the counter pain medications, but anything unusual needs to be checked by our periodontitis right away. Please don't hesitate to call our office with any questions or concerns about your gum graft.