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Last Reviewed 05 June 2023

Medically reviewed by Dr.Anna Beattie, Bachelor Dent. Sc. (Trinity College Dublin) 2003, PG Diploma in Conscious Sedation (Newcastle University), Clinical Doctorate in Oral Surgery, Fellow of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Oral Surgeon

Gingival (Gum) Surgery Post Op Instructions

If you have just undergone gum surgery at 3Dental, please follow these instructions to ensure you heal correctly:

  • No brushing on graft site for 2 weeks or unless advised otherwise but to be sure to keep the surrounding teeth and areas clean.
  • No biting directly on graft site – chop food up and chew away from area. Best to stick to soft foods until the review appointment.
  • No hot food or drinks for 24 hours as this will cause bleeding.
  • Do not lift your lip up to look at the site for 2 weeks.
  • Keep your tongue away from the site for 2 weeks as this may disrupt or dislodge any stitches.
  • No smoking or drinking alcohol for 24 hours.
  • No strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
  • No heavy rinsing for 2 weeks – put mouthwash in, swirl very gently around mouth and let the liquid fall out. No spitting!
  • The day of surgery if you feel the need to rinse drink cold water only to refresh your mouth.
  • Expect discomfort for at least a week until graft and harvest site begins to heal. This can be managed by regular pain killers that you are suitable to take.
  • If you have been given antibiotics you must finish the course even if the pain and / or swelling has disappeared.