POST-GINGIVAL GRAFT SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS
After the surgery, RELAX FOR THE REST OF THE DAY, avoid laughing hard, avoid strenuous activity, and DO NOT LIFT THE LIP TO LOOK AT THE GRAFT IN THE MIRROR.
Some discomfort may be present when the anesthesia wears off. If you have been given a prescription PLEASE TAKE YOUR MEDICATION AS DIRECTED.
In order to minimize swelling following surgery, wrap an ice bag in a towel and PLACE THE ICE BAG ON THE FACE in the operated area, 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off, for few hours.
After the surgery there might be slight bleeding and a pink discoloration of your saliva. IF THERE IS PERSISTENT BLEEDING, PLEASE CALL YOUR DOCTOR.
For the next few days avoid anything too hot, cold, hard, sticky or spicy, and preferably CONSUME SOFT FOODS AND LIQUIDS OF MODERATE TEMPERATURE. Do not use a straw or spit, and chew on the side opposite to the surgery.
DO NOT BRUSH/FLOSS THE SURGICAL AREA FOR 7 DAYS, but CONTINUE
TO BRUSH and FLOSS IN THE REST OF THE MOUTH.
Please DO NOT SMOKE AFTER THE SURGERY for at least 2 weeks because of risk of complications.
The stitches will be removed after 7 days.