Procedure after a gum graft

The day of the graft

  • Apply ice to your cheeks at regular intervals of ten minutes for every hour.
  • If a protective dressing is placed it is important to avoid touching the dressing or around the area in which it is placed.

To avoid

  • Rinsing your mouth or spitting because this can cause the surgical site to bleed or cause an increase in bleeding
  • Avoid drinking with a straw, because the suction creating from drinking through the straw can dislodge the blood clot and delay healing
  • Avoid eating before the local anesthesia has worn off and when you do eat, chew on the opposite side
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol
  • Avoid eating hard or hot food and drink, opt instead for food and drinking that are soft and cold
  • Avoid brushing your teeth in the area of the sutures before they are removed
  • Avoid sleeping flat, it is best to keep your head elevated with 2-3 pillows
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity, it is best to relax and take it easy after your treatment!


  • In the first 24-72 hours, avoid taking Asprin for pain. We recommend taking Advil (Ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) or any of the other pain medication that the dentists may have prescribed for the pain.


  • The day after the surgery up until the site has healed, rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water)
  • Keep up a healthy diet, if you are unable to chew make sure to stay hydrated by drinking fluids
  • If a protective dressing had been placed during the grafting procedure, it will be removed at the same time as the sutures are scheduled to be removed. It may occur that the dressing could come off before the scheduled follow up visit, and can cause some mild bleeding. If this occurs, apply a wet compress to the affected area.

Symptoms that may arise

  • Inflammation can de more pronounced around the second to third day after treatment, this should slowly subside in the days to follow
  • Bruises may appear on the skin and should disappear in five to seven days
  • You may taste blood in the first few days following treatment
  • You may have problems opening your mouth, this should be back to normal within four to five days.
  • If you have been prescribed antibiotics, make sure to take them for the entire period of time indicated, even if symptoms disappear. We only stop taking them if you start experiencing diarrhea.

If after a couple of days you are feeling well with no symptoms, you can return to your regular habits unless otherwise indicated and instructed by one of the dentists, as there may be specific care instruction to follow until instructed otherwise.

Do not hesitate to call us at the office (450) 510-2323 if you are having persistent bleeding, pain, inflammation that has lasted longer than 2-3 days or if you have had a reaction to your medication.