Instructions Following Tissue Grafting Surgery
The most important factor in caring for your tissue graft is not to disturb the healing graft tissue. It the tissue moves, the graft will not work. All the following instructions are aimed at keeping the graft tissue immobilized during normal eating and tooth brushing activities.
Immediately after to first 2 days
- DO NOT disrupt the blood clot that is forming underneath the gum tissue.
- DO NOT due any strenuous exercise that will increase your heart rate during the first 2 days after surgery was completed (running, hiking, speed walking, working out, etc.). You may walk at a slow pace after the first 2 days.
- AVOID smoking, drinking alcoholic or carbonated beverages, drink through a straw and rinsing for the first 2 days.
- DO NOT brush the surgical site teeth (front side or back side) for the first two days. You can brush all other teeth.
- Maintain a liquid to very soft diet, ie, eat foods that can be eaten with a spoon
- Do not look at the tissue graft. To see it you have to stretch your lip which will tug on the tissue graft. If the cast starts to move at all, call our office immediately because we do not want it to rub on the graft site.
- The palate of your mouth, where the graft was taken, may bleed once the anesthetic wears off. If this occurs, take a piece of gauze that was provided to you, get it slightly damp and put pressure with your thumb for no less than 15 minutes. If excess bleeding occurs for an extended period of time, call our office immediately.
- If a stitch comes loose during the first 48 hours following surgery, please call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
- If you should ever experience a swelling of your throat or difficulty breathing, or anything else life threatening, go to an emergency room or call 911 immediately.
- Take any medications that have been prescribed. (Doxycycline 100mg 1 x day for 14 days, Medrol Dose Pack for 6 Days). For pain relief, we recommend Ibuprofen, 600 mg every 6 hrs. If you need additional relief, you can also take Tylenol or Norco every 6 hrs in an alternating dosage with the Ibuprofen. ( ie, alternate meds every 3 hrs)
2 days to 2 weeks
- Continue NOT doing any strenuous exercise that will increase your heart rate during the first 2 weeks after surgery was completed (running, hiking, speed walking, working out, etc.). You may be active and do many activity, just don’t let your heart rate increase.
- You can begin to brush the teeth in the surgical area, however, only brush the biting surface of the teeth. DO NOT brush the front or the back side.
- If you have been given a prescription mouth rinse, start using it as prescribed 48 hours after the surgery. You will use the rinse for the time that the stitches are in place.
- It is best to have a soft diet, foods that can be eaten with a spoon or fork, from 2 days to 2 weeks and chew in other areas of the mouth.
2 weeks to 6 weeks
- You can begin to brush the front side and backside of the teeth in the surgical area, however, the gum tissue must not be contacted.
- You can eat most things in your diet, however, eating hard, tough, or rough foods (chips, popcorn, nuts, caramels, steak) is not advised during the first 6 weeks following surgery.
If you have any questions , please do not hesitate to call us.