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When Will Your Gums Heal? The Soft Tissue Graft Recovery Process

April 28, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drrynar @ 6:15 pm

Close-up of woman smiling and showing her gumsTo protect you from the inconvenience of sensitive teeth or control the risk of tooth decay over the long term, your periodontist may suggest soft tissue grafting in Florham Park to reverse gum recession. Like with most surgeries, the procedure can greatly improve the state of your oral health, but some recovery time is necessary. How long will it take your mouth to completely heal? And what can you do to avoid infections or other complications that could set you back? Read on to learn more about what you can expect in the days to come after you’ve received your graft.

What is the Expected Recovery Time?

The amount of time it takes to recover from any given procedure is different for everybody; it depends on the complexity of the surgery as well as the overall health of the body. You should be able to drive yourself home shortly after the procedure (unless general anesthesia or a specific kind of sedation was used, in which case you’ll need someone else’s help). After that, it’ll typically take about one to two weeks for your mouth to heal to the point where you can eat normally again. Of course, this time could be extended if some kind of complication occurs.

How to Care for Your Mouth During Recovery

  • Avoid eating any hard or hot foods that might damage the graft. For the next couple of weeks, plan to eat softer, colder foods; good options include scrambled eggs, soft cooked vegetables, gelatin, yogurt, and cottage cheese.
  • Prevent infections by rinsing with mouthwash that has been designed to kill bacteria and prevent plaque buildup on your teeth.
  • Refrain from brushing or flossing until your periodontist gives you approval to do so.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication in accordance with the instructions on the bottle.
  • Do not perform any kind of strenuous exercise for at least a few days.

What If a Complication Does Occur?

The grafting site might become infected, or the tissue may not properly join with the area. These issues are rare, but they can still happen. If you notice oozing or unexpected bleeding where the surgery was performed, or if you still haven’t fully recovered after a certain point, get in touch with the periodontist that performed the procedure and explain your condition. Based on your description, they can help you figure out whether there is indeed an issue that needs to be addressed.

Once recovery is complete, you should be able to return to your normal routine. Don’t be afraid to call your periodontist if you have any questions or doubts. After all, a soft tissue graft is meant to help keep your smile safe; every step should be taken to make sure the procedure is a success!

About the Author

Dr. James Rynar is considered one of the “go-to” periodontists of metropolitan New York, and he takes his ability to return his patients to optimal oral health very seriously. He offers soft tissue grafting as both a way to protect your teeth against decay and as a cosmetic procedure. If you’ve been noticing signs of gum recession, you can schedule an appointment at his practice, Metropolitan Periodontics & Implantology, by visiting his website or calling (973) 377-3131.

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