Instructions for autogenous and allogenic gingival grafts
The day of surgery and the next 24 hours:
- Avoid eating and drinking during the first two hours after surgery.
- Refrain from smoking as long as possible.
- Avoid touching the surgical site with your fingers or tongue.
- Apply an ice pack wrapped with a damp cloth for 20 minutes every hour. Stop the application of ice after 24 hours.
- Do not rinse your mouth and do not brush your teeth.
- Relax, avoid physical activity and over-exertion during the week after surgery.
- Light bleeding or a pinkish tinge to your saliva is normal during the few days following surgery. Please contact us if heavy bleeding persists.
- Eat soft foods, foods that you can cut with a fork (cooked vegetables, pasta, cooked fish and scrambled eggs are a few examples). Avoid hot liquids because they promote bleeding.
- Take your medications as prescribed.
In the following days:
- Brush your teeth gently, avoiding the surgical site for two weeks. A clean mouth heals more quickly. A white film will appear at the surgical site. This is perfectly normal.
Do not use an electric toothbrush or WaterPik for at least 6 weeks after surgery.
- Rinse your mouth with the prescribed mouthwash. A mixture of ½ teaspoon of salt in a glass of water can also be used.
- Some swelling may appear and reach its peak 48 to 72 hours after surgery. Discolouration of the skin may also occur. This is common and everything should return to normal in the next two weeks.
- The stitches are not resorbable (will not dissolve) and will be removed during your second follow-up visit.
- Eat soft foods for another two weeks (foods that you can cut with a fork).
- Do not wear your dentures to eat.
- Take your medications (antibiotics and analgesics) as prescribed
- Our goal is that you be as comfortable as possible after your surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 514 287-1900.