Gum rejuvenation with a gum graft is a great way to restore the youthful appearance of your gums. It can also help combat tooth sensitivity–your teeth will look and feel better!

But what about the process of recovery after your surgery? How is that likely to be? The good news is that most people discover that the discomfort is less than they expected. But here are some other things to consider about the recovery period.

Gum Graft Recovery

The First Few Days after Surgery

You will go home right after your surgery is complete. The procedure normally takes about 1-2 hours. If you just had local anesthesia, you can drive yourself home. If you opted for sedation during your procedure, you will need to have someone take you home and stay with you.

It’s also a good idea to have this responsible adult listen to your postcare instructions. We’ll give you detailed written instructions, but it’s always helpful to have someone there who can help you remember them.

At first, your diet will be restricted to smooth, cool foods. No chewing. No hot food. No spicy food. Think Jell-O, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream (no chunks), and cool soups, preferably with no chunks. Smoothies are good, but don’t use a straw at first.

Don’t brush or floss the area where the graft was placed until we clear you. We’ll tell you how to rinse to make sure the area stays clean and doesn’t get infected. We may also prescribe an antibiotic. Take it as directed.

For many people, over-the-counter pain medication is adequate. Take it as instructed. Some people may want prescription pain relievers, and if these are prescribed, follow the directions you were given. Ice packs are also good to help control the swelling and discomfort.

If you feel up to it, you can go back to work the next day, but many people prefer to take a few days off. Avoid strenuous exercise until we clear you–it can cause bleeding and may damage the graft.

Full Recovery

Full recovery from your gum graft surgery can take up to two weeks. During this time, you can add more and more soft but chewable foods to your diet, including eggs, well-cooked pasta, and well-cooked vegetables. Over this time, you’ll be able to start brushing your teeth–gently.Don’t floss until we give you permission.

Continue to avoid foods that can stress your gum tissue. This includes food that you have to bite off (like sandwiches, raw carrots, whole apples) and food that turns into small particles when you chew it (such as nuts or seeds). We’ll tell you when your gums are fully healed and you can enjoy these foods again.

Are You Ready for Gum Rejuvenation?

Recovery from a gum graft procedure is relatively easy, but you can’t put it behind you until you get your gum graft. To talk to a cosmetic dentist about gum rejuvenation in Orange County, please call (949) 551-5902 today for an appointment.