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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Gum Graft?

After your full dental examination, Dr. Nourian will discuss what factors may be contributing to your gum recession and/or causing the problems you’re experiencing.

Before getting a gum graft.

It’s important to understand why the gum recession is occurring and take steps to address that issue before scheduling the surgery. For instance, if active periodontal disease is a concern, we will need to complete soft tissue therapy and cleanings before it’s safe to move forward with a graft. Or, if aggressive tooth brushing is to blame, we will talk about ways to use lighter pressure and a soft or extra-soft bristle brush.

Once we’ve halted the cause of the gum recession, we can move forward with the graft. After all, gum tissues won’t grow back on their own!

What happens after your Gum Graft Procedure?

Caring for your surgical site after a gum graft is an important part of how successful it will be. We will provide you with a list of written instructions to follow and worry about missing something important.

What can you eat after the procedure?

A soft diet is best for the first several days. Avoid anything too hot or hard, as it may injure the surgical site. It’s normal to experience some mild irritation or possible bruising after any surgery. Wait at least two weeks before eating anything with small grains or seeds. We recommend avoiding all tobacco products for as long as possible, as they can delay the healing or success of the graft altogether.

A protective dressing may be placed over your graft, reducing your chance of irritating the area or disrupting the graft. Removing your dressing prematurely could dislodge the tissue; keep it in place, and we will remove it along with any sutures at a follow-up appointment. Additionally, try not to bump the dressing with your tongue, lips, or during meals.
 

How to brush your teeth.

 
Some of the most important things to keep in mind are to be gentle when cleaning your teeth, taking care not to brush the area until it has properly healed. You can gently rinse with warm salt water to alleviate any soreness, swelling and remove food debris. Do not use a toothbrush on or around the dressing unless Dr. Nourian instructs you to. We may also prescribe an antibiotic mouth rinse to limit bacteria inside of your mouth as it heals.

 

How long it takes until I'm 100%

 
Most healing occurs within the first week but gradually continues for up to 2-6 months after the procedure. Until fully integrated with your own tissues and new blood vessels, the AlloDerm® graft tissues may appear white in colour compared to your other gingiva. Within a few weeks, the coral pink hue should extend throughout the entire graft.
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