Post Operative Instructions Following Gum Graft Surgery On the day of surgery

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Post Operative Instructions Following Gum Graft Surgery
On the day of surgery:


  • Rest for the remainder of the day

  • Take your medication as prescribed

  • Drink plenty of liquids

  • Eat soft foods


  • Rinse your mouth for 24 hours following surgery

  • Eat hot, spicy and acidic foods (peanuts, popcorn, chewing gum, and chips) for 2 weeks

  • Chew hard solid foods for 1 week

  • Drink hot liquids for 1 week

  • Drink through a straw for 1 week

  • Rinse your mouth excessively

  • Brush the surgical site for 2 weeks and only brush gently for the next 4 weeks

  • Floss the surgical site for 6 weeks

  • Smoke

  • Exercise – proper wound healing requires rest. Do not do any strenuous exercise that will get the blood pumping for 2 days

  • Play with the dressing or sutures with your tongue or hand

  • Look at or “show off” the treated area, as this may dislodge the gum graft

  • Take aspirin


Swelling on the first day may occur and can be kept to a minimum with ice packs to the outside of the face over the surgical area. Ice packs should be used 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, during the first 12 hours. If swelling continues into the second day, then begin to apply moist heat to the surgical area. Do not use ice packs after the day of surgery.


A slight amount of bleeding is expected the first day. If bleeding is excessive, apply direct pressure with moist gauze directly over the site of bleeding for 15 minutes. If you do not have gauze, a tea bag works well. If this does not control the bleeding, please call.


The sutures that have been placed are resorbable. They will resorb or in certain situations we will remove them at your two week post surgical appointment.

Healing Splint

If you have been given a healing splint (mouthguard) to wear on your upper teeth you, you must wear this for the first 24 hours. You can then use it as needed for comfort when chewing. We find that most patients prefer to wear it for about 3-5 days.

The days following surgery

Continue gentle rinse of tepid water several times a day. You may start to gently brush your teeth, but take care to avoid the surgical site. Eat a normal diet and continue on any medications as prescribed. Be sure to take antibiotics, if prescribed, until all are gone.

If you have any concern during the healing stages of your treatment please phone the office



Dr. Buschel at home


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