A gum graft surgery is performed to treat receding gums. Gum recession can expose the roots of your teeth and cause the surface of your teeth to decay.
During surgery, a periodontist will cut the tissue from the roof of your mouth or from the gum near the tooth, and attach it to the exposed part of your tooth. If you have recently undergone a gum graft surgery, here are some recovery tips to keep in mind:
After you are done with surgery, your periodontist may recommend staying at the clinic for an hour or so in order to ensure there are no issues. Once you are home, give your mouth time to heal by avoiding physical activity for the first few days after surgery.
Switch to a Liquid Diet
The area where surgery has taken place is likely to stay sensitive for some time. Stick to a liquid diet to avoid any issues. Opt for soups and smoothies to make your mealtime interesting. Make sure you blend the ingredients thoroughly to avoid tiny particles from getting lodged in your mouth.
Rinse Your Mouth After 24 Hours
Abstain from rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours following your gum graft surgery. After that time has elapsed, prepare a saltwater solution for rinsing. All you have to do is take a glass of room-temperature water and add 1 teaspoon of sea salt to it. It is best to rinse your mouth after every meal you take.
Have Vitamins A and C
Load up on vitamins A and C for quick healing. Vitamin A-rich items include kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Foods full of vitamin C include strawberries, papaya, broccoli and bell peppers. Vitamin A keeps your mucous membranes healthy, keeps you hydrated, and helps prevent a dry mouth. Vitamin C can help speed up the recovery process.
Follow these tips to achieve a confident smile in no time. If you are experiencing bleeding or soreness in your gums, schedule a visit with us at Scholes Periodontics & Implants by calling us at (602) 900-1609 today.