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Dr. David A. Mugford
1660 Village Green
Crofton, MD 21114


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The Mugford Center Covid-19 Update



At The Mugford Center we prioritize the safety of our patients and employees. We have always taken extra precautions to provide our patients with a clean and sterile environment. In these times we make sure to go above and beyond what the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the American Dental Association, and the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners recommends. Our goal is to make everyone who comes into our office feel as comfortable as they possibly can.

-Dr. David Mugford and The Mugford Center team.



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What Happens As Gum Grafts Heal?
Posted on 11/9/2020 by David Mugford
What Happens As Gum Grafts Heal?When patients have gums that are receding and drawing away from their teeth are prime candidates for gum grafts. Receding gums are a serious concern because they expose the roots of the teeth, which in turn makes them vulnerable to decay and possible infection. Taking a bit of tissue from the roof of the mouth, it is attached or grafted to the gum tissue. This procedure does not take much time and the patient is able to return to their daily routine immediately.

There are several different kinds of gum grafts. The first kind is a free gingival graft where, as mentioned above, a small section of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and applied to the gums.

A connective tissue graft is done by opening a small area on the roof of the mouth and a piece of connective tissue is taken from beneath the uppermost layer of tissue. This is then stitched to the area that requires addition gum tissue. This is the most common kind of graft.

The pedicle graft is performed by creating a tissue flap beside the damaged gum. The flap is then placed over the receding gums. This is extremely successful because the blood flow does not stop.

The Full Healing Process of Gum Grafts


Full recovery should take approximately two weeks. A regiment of antibiotics will help prevent infection from taking hold. Ice packs will help keep the swelling down. Patients should avoid hot and cold foods as they can slow down the healing process. They should adopt a soft food or liquid diet for the first few days to allow significant healing to take place. Light exercise is recommended because blood flow helps send nutrients to the surgical site. Proper oral hygiene is a must. Gentle brushing and rinsing are recommended. If there are questions about the recovery period let us know.






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Office Hours
Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed