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Recovery Following a Periodontal Graft

Posted on 2/17/2017 by Doctor Southard
A woman in pain after a periodontal graft.
A periodontal graft, also referred to as a gum graft, is used to restore your receded gums to normal following periodontal disease. It is a surgical procedure that takes tissue from the roof of your mouth (connective-tissue or free gingival grafts) or from surrounding gum tissue (pedicle graft).

Because it is a surgical procedure, you will need to take some time to recover.

Pain and Swelling

Some pain and swelling is to be expected following a periodontal graft. Over the counter pain medication (non-aspirin) is usually enough to manage that pain, although you may be prescribed something stronger to use as needed. Swelling can be managed with ice wrapped in a dish towel for the first 24 hours, on and off for 20 minute intervals.

Rest is crucial to recovery. Take some time off from work. During the first 24 hours, you should try to avoid doing much of anything. Sit or lie down with your head elevated. Limit your activity for a few days. Don't lift anything heavy or bend over. Doing so will increase swelling and exacerbate pain.

Eat Well
Just as rest is important to recovery, so is your diet. Vitamins and minerals help your body to repair itself. But the type of food you should eat, at least for the first few days, should be soft. Stick to yogurt, smoothies, soup, mashed sweet potatoes, soft cooked vegetables, anything that will be easy to chew. Attempting to eat anything too hard can irritate surgical sites or even cause infection.

Oral Hygiene

Keeping your mouth clean will keep naturally occurring oral bacteria from getting into vulnerable surgical sites. You can still brush and floss your teeth, but stay away from the area where the graft was performed. Use a salt water rinse after eating, but be careful not to swish too hard. You may be prescribed an antibacterial mouthwash to use as prescribed as well.

A periodontal graft can help to heal receding gums following periodontal disease. Following your dentist's instructions can help you to avoid any issues. However, if you experience excessive bleeding, uncontrollable pain or swelling that won't go away, you should contact our office right away.

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Steven Southard DDS, MS
Midwest Periodontics
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St Joseph, MO 64506

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