Gum grafting treatments are usually performed by a periodontist. This is a dentist that specializes in treating gums and the supporting bones in your mouth. Depending on your specific oral needs, your dentist will perform one of three types of grafts.
- Connective tissue graft
- Free gingival graft
- Pedicle graft
Pain Management During the Procedure
Whether you need grafting for a single tooth or multiple teeth, your dentist can ensure you stay pain-free as possible by administering a local anesthetic to number your area of operation. Once your surgery is completed, the dentist will place a cover over the site of operation to protect it during the recovery process.
You will experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days once you return home and your anesthesia starts to wear off. However, to ease your pain, your dentist will most likely prescribe pain medication and possibly an antibiotic to prevent infection.
Post-Op Care to Reduce Pain
It’s important that you carefully follow these post-operative instructions so that you keep the associated pain to a minimum and avoid any other unnecessary complications during your recovery.
- If you’re bleeding, place gauze on either side of the bleeding area, avoid placing it on the top.
- Refrain from physical activities for at least 24 hours.
- Try not to pull on your lips to view the wound and keep your tongue away from the area.
- Don’t eat hot foods or drinks for a couple of days,
- During your first week try sticking to only consuming soft foods and liquids. Be careful chewing near the site of operation as you return to your normal diet.
- Do not brush your teeth or rinse your mouth on the day of your surgery.
Since your gum tissue can’t regrow on its own, gum grafting procedures that we offer at our Monroe, CT offices are a great way to regain your oral health and help rejuvenate your periodontal health and wellbeing. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amato.