At our office in Toronto, ON, we work diligently in making sure that our patients know what goes on before, during, and after any dental procedure. For those of our patients that have had gum grafts, and are interested in knowing about post-surgery care, we’ve compiled a few different things that can help you in your journey to healthier gums. We care deeply about each and every one of our patients, and if you feel like your dental office isn’t doing enough to care for you and your needs, feel free to contact us as soon as possible. But for now let’s take a look at gum graft post-surgery care.
Currently available on the market are three types of gum grafts that work to make your mouth healthier, and they are:
1. Free gingival grafts: With this procedure, gum tissue is added on in order to enlarge the gums. This is best for patients left in gums to start.
2. Connective tissue grafts: This method is used to treat receding gums by removing a flap of skin from the pallet of your mouth, then connective tissue under the flap is removed and stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the root of a tooth. This flap is then later stitched back on after the connective tissue has been taken away.
3. Pedicle grafts: in this kind of graph, no tissue is taken from the palate, instead, the tissue is taken from surrounding tissue near the exposed tooth root. It is then pulled over to cover the exposed root and sewn into place.
For the first two weeks after your procedure, it is recommended that you only take in a soft food diet. Taking in your food colder rather than hot, is also a great way to keep anything wrong from happening post-surgery. It is also important to remember that it takes about a week or two for your mouth to fully heal, but you can resume your everyday activities the next day following your surgery. One final piece of advice that many people may overlook is that gum graft surgery is a great way to provide an effective solution to root exposure but it is no excuse to forget about having an impeccable oral health routine.
If you still have questions about gum grafts and the care you should do following your surgery, contact us at Yonge Eglinton Dental Care in Toronto, ON. We can’t wait to take your call, and would be more than happy and willing to answer any questions you may have or address any concerns that maybe plaguing you and your ability to make a decision and making a change.