Burlington, ON, Dentist Discusses Recovery for Patients Searching for ‘Gum Grafting Near Me’
If your gums have receded and exposed the bottom of your teeth, a soft tissue gum graft may be necessary to restore your gums to health and protect your teeth. If you are in the Burlington, ON, area and are seeking out gum grafting ‘near me,’ consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Thelam Nguyen and the team at Tansley Woods Dentistry. Dr. Nguyen is not here to judge why your gums are in the shape they are in. Instead, he wants to work with you in restoring your oral health through procedures such as gum grafting.
When your gums recede, the roots of your teeth can become exposed. When this happens, this exposed portion of the tooth becomes extremely susceptible to decay and can be bothersome due to sensitivity to the exposed area. Also called a gingival graft, a gum graft will fix your receding gums. At Tansley Woods Dentistry, Dr. Nguyen uses AlloDerm regenerative tissue in his gum graft procedures to support healthy tissue regeneration.
Recovering from a Gum Graft
In this article, we will not go over so much what the gum grafting procedure involves, but instead; we will briefly discuss what you can expect during your recovery.
General anesthesia is not generally recommended for gum grafting procedures, but localized numbing of the mouth will occur so that you do not feel the procedure. Once the procedure is completed, you will be allowed to leave shortly thereafter. Your dentist may ask you to stick around for a short amount of time to monitor you and make sure there are no issues with the graft.
When your recovery begins, you will want to eat mostly soft, cool/cold foods that will not threaten to damage the graft during the first two weeks. Hard and hot foods can burn or irritate the graft. Food that many patients find suitable to eat include:
- Eggs (scrambled or soft boiled)
- Soft vegetable
- Cottage cheese
- Ice cream
- Gelatin desserts including Jell-O
Many dentists will prescribe their patients an antimicrobial mouthwash to use for a couple of weeks that will help prevent infections. Talk to your dentist about brushing and flossing in the area of the graft. If you are experiencing any pain, try taking over-the-counter medications such as Aleve to provide relief. If those do not work, consult with your dentist.
If you have gums that are in poor health, please consult a dentist to see what treatment (including a gum graft) may be needed to restore your mouth to proper health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Thelam Nguyen and the team at Tansley Woods Dentistry in Burlington, ON, please call (289) 273-4289.