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150 River Road Suite J-2
Montville, NJ 07045

Soft Tissue/Gum Grafting

Soft Tissue/Gum Grafting

  • If you notice any bleeding more substantial than normal oozing, apply light pressure to the area with gauze.
  • Oozing of blood is normal.  You may wish to place a towel over your pillow the night after surgery.  Note: pink or orange saliva usually signifies a small amount of blood mixed with a larger amount of saliva.
  • If you had tissue taken from the roof of your mouth, wear the provided pressure tray except when eating or brushing non-surgical areas for 48 hours.
  • Wet a cotton swab with Peridex or other prescribed rinse and lightly apply to surgical area in morning and night.
  • Starting 24 hours following surgery, begin rinsing gently with warm salt water over the course of the day, especially after meals (1/2 tsp. of salt in 8 oz. warm water).
  • Do not brush the surgical area for 1 week. After one week you may begin to brush the surgical area very softly with the provided post-operative toothbrush. Continue to use the post-operative toothbrush for 6 weeks.
  • Do not floss in the surgical area for 1 week. After one week you may begin to floss gently.
  • Do not smoke.  The longer the better, but at least 24 hours.
  • Avoid any hot or spicy foods for 24 hours, as these may irritate the gums.
  • Avoid any crunchy foods that can form small crumbs or any food that contains small seeds, as they can become lodged inside the surgical site and interrupt the healing process.
  • Avoid any unnecessary movement of the lip or cheek near the area of surgery. This may cause the wound to open up and cause complications.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed if needed.  Ibuprofen can be alternated at 3 hour intervals with Tylenol #3, Vicodin, or Percocet if either alone is insufficient.
  • If you have any problems or questions, please call the office.  If you require attention after office hours, please follow the prompts on the answering machine to leave a personal message for the doctors.  Your call will be returned as soon as possible.