Since gum grafts are a kind of surgery, the area may be tender or sore and it may swell. Most patients can resume their normal routine the next day. However, you may need to avoid chewing where the surgery was done for some time, up to a week or two.
- The success of the tissue graft depends on several things. Here are some things you can do after surgery to help your gums heal:
- Avoid smoking or using any kind of tobacco.
- Do not drink alcohol.
- Eat a well-balanced diet so your body gets all the nutrients it needs.
After your gums have healed from surgery, keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing gently twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Also be sure to clean between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner.
Your dentist may provide instructions on additional cleaning methods or may recommend oral hygiene products to use at home. Look for products that display the American Dental Association's (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This means that a product has met the ADA's standards for safety and effectiveness.