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Gum Graft Surgery: The Recovery

I have to say that the procedure wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d feared. My surgeon and his nurse were so fantastic. Of course, the Valium and nitrous helped *grin*

Honestly, the worst thing for me was the local anesthetic in the hard palate. That hurt like an SOB. It brought tears to my eyes, not gonna lie. I honestly didn’t even feel the shot in my gum line. The actual surgery itself didn’t seem to take very long at all. From the time I was called back to the time I left was less than an hour. Pretty impressive!

The post-op pain was nothing a little ibuprofen couldn’t handle. I didn’t even bother to get the prescription strength; I just stuck with the OTC and took a couple when I needed them, which was only in the morning and at night before bed.ย  The palate area doesn’t hurt at all unless I have the guard out cleaning it and my teeth. When I swallow and my tongue touches it, it feels a little tender but it doesn’t hurt. The graft site only ever felt like I had a bad canker sore. Nothing much more than that. No need for the opioid pain meds at all.

I kept my palate guard in for the first 24 hours. I didn’t take it out to rinse it or anything. The next morning after I drank my smoothie I finally popped it out and cleaning that was pretty nasty LOL Clotted blood and all sorts of fun stuff all up in there. But no fresh blood or anything so the site clotted nicely. I very gently brushed the fronts and biting surface of my top teeth and the bottom side where I didn’t have the graft done and that felt pretty good. It was so icky not brushing my teeth for over 24 hours LOL That second night I gently flossed (where the graft wasn’t of course!).

It’s now day 3 post surgery and I am still keeping the palate guard in except when I clean it (after each meal or snack) and my teeth. The area feels tender and I don’t want my tongue touching it and irritating it. I figure I’ll wear it until my follow up appointment next week.

I was able to eat some scrambled eggs and a smashed up banana last night which was awesome. I never eat junk food so having yogurt and pudding has been so hard for me to stomach. I can’t stand all the sugar so I didn’t even want to eat the stuff. I’ve stuck to protein shakes, greek yogurt, scrambled eggs, and cottage cheese. I can’t wait to eat crunchy veggies again!

I have to have 2 more teeth done next summer (bottom right this time) and I don’t think I’ll be at all worried. I know exactly what to expect and I know that if I follow the post-op directions, the healing process will be fine.

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4 Comments on “Gum Graft Surgery: The Recovery”

  1. The Story Reading Ape December 21, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

    ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Hope youโ€™re able to manage some Christmas fare, Shay ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  2. noraadrienne December 21, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    Ouch! How many quadrants did he do? My wife had four done over a 4 or 5 month period.

    • drshaywest December 21, 2017 at 6:44 pm #

      Just one (bottom left). I’ll do the bottom right over summer. So far the top is fine so as long as the recession doesn’t get worse, I hopefully won’t have to do anything there ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. blazemcrob December 21, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    Hope everything stays good for you. My wife is getting a lot of dental work done. I’ll show her this post and see if it can help her.

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