Instructions Following Soft Tissue Graft

A soft tissue graft is often recommended to address gum recession, a condition that can arise from factors like periodontal disease or aggressive brushing. Gum recession not only affects the appearance of the smile but can also lead to tooth sensitivity and an increased risk of dental problems.

  • Experiencing mild pain, bleeding, swelling, or fluid leakage from the surgical site is typical. Avoid pulling on your lip to check the site, and refrain from touching the area with your tongue or fingers.
  • Do not rinse your mouth forcefully, spit aggressively, or use a straw, as these actions can exacerbate bleeding. To help control bleeding, hold a gauze pad on the site for 30 minutes. Some bleeding within the first 24 hours is normal, but persistent bleeding should prompt a call to our office.
  • Adhere strictly to the prescribed medication regimen, including any specialized mouth rinses, to prevent infection and manage pain.
  • Starting 24 hours after surgery, rinse your mouth with warm salt water four to five times a day, especially after meals, to aid healing.
  • After 24 hours, you may brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush, being extra gentle around the surgical area.
  • If sutures are placed, they are typically self-dissolving and will not require removal.
  • Apply a cold compress to the area near the surgery to reduce swelling. The compress should be applied for 20 minutes on and at least 20 minutes off. Switch to moist heat on the area after 36 hours to further reduce any residual swelling.
  • Increase your fluid intake, but avoid spicy, acidic, or hard and crunchy foods like tacos, chips, and nuts. Abstain from tobacco use and alcohol consumption, especially when taking pain medication or antibiotics.
  • Keep physical activity to a minimum for the first 2-3 days after surgery to avoid complications and aid in healing.
  • If a surgical bandage is applied, it should remain undisturbed for the first 24 hours. It will naturally come off when ready. After its removal, you can start cleaning the area gently using a cotton swab moistened with a prescribed mouth rinse.