ALL ROUTINE VISITS AND NON-ESSENTIAL TREATMENTS ARE SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19
The Mugford Center would like to provide an update to all of our valued patients with concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus.
Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) that citizens self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the state of Maryland recommendations and restrictions, the Mugford Center will be limiting hours of operation and treatment available.
We are dedicated to the well being of all our patients and will be available for emergency care for pain swelling and infection as well as for urgent care which requires timely treatment.
As health care professionals, we all have a role to play in “flattening the curve” by following sound, scientific public health advice to help limit infections and slow the spread of the virus.
Bearing this in mind, we are carefully screening all scheduled and necessary treatment. and only seeing patients for emergency or urgent care. We take seriously the need to be available for our patients to avoid unnecessary illness or injury as well as preventing burdening our hospitals and emergency rooms.
We will reschedule all canceled appointments in a timely manner upon returning to the office and appreciate your understanding under the current circumstances.
We will continue to closely monitor the latest information and recommendations to promote a safe and healthy environment for our patients and staff. We plan to be available to provide safe and optimal care on this limited basis.
Our infection control procedures fully cover the COVID-19 virus, as they do all infectious diseases. We are taking extra precautions in screening our employees and patients, along with sterilizing the common areas of our office often.
We look forward to seeing you at your scheduled appointments. Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns, and we will be happy to address them.
Protecting you and your smile, The Mugford Center
How Long Does Gum Graft Recovery Take?
Posted on 6/20/2019 by David Mugford
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.