Gum Tissue Grafts
Recovery From Gum Tissue Graft
You will be able to go home following the procedure. However, if your dentist gives you a sedative to help you relax, you will need to make arrangements to have someone else drive you home.
Your dentist 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 rinse your mouth with 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, eat soft, cool foods, such as eggs, pasta, Jell-O, yogurt, cottage cheese, well-cooked vegetables, and ice cream.
The amount of pain you have 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 the good news is 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.
Gum Tissue Graft: When to Call the Doctor
Call your dentist 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.
How Much Will a Gum Tissue Graft Cost?
Many dental insurance companies will pay a portion of the cost of gum grafts. If you don't have insurance, out-of-pocket cost for gum surgery will depend on how much work is being done. Talk to your dentist to learn about your payment options.
Will I Need Another Gum Tissue Graft?
While gum tissue grafts are effective at repairing gum recession and preventing further damage, there is no guarantee that gum problems won't develop again in the future. However, with regular dental checkups and careful dental care at home, serious damage requiring surgery can be prevented. Other ways to prevent gum disease include:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily.
- Visit your dentist routinely for checkups and professional teeth cleaning and see your periodontist as needed.
- Eat a well balanced and healthy diet.
- Don't smoke.