Gum Grafting

Day of Surgery
  • Apply a cold compress 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off to reduce swelling.
  • Eat cold soft foods (i.e. ice cream, pudding, yogurt, Jell-O).
  • Do not brush the surgical area.
  • Do not rinse or spit.
  • Take all prescribed medications.
Days Following Surgery
  • Aerobic activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for the first 72 hours.
  • Warm compresses may be applied but are not necessary.
  • Warm soft foods may be eaten.
  • You may rinse with warm salt water and brush non-surgical areas. Do not brush surgical area until instructed by Dr. Ratliff.
  • Following surgery, day 3-7 will be when there is the most post-operative discomfort. Take anti-inflammatory drugs as prescribed to alleviate symptoms.
  • Do not pull at your lip to look at the grafted area, as this can cause the flap to move which could lead to graft failure.
  • Substantial swelling and bruising is possible with some soft tissue grafting. If Dr. Ratliff prescribes a steroid following your procedure be sure to take it as prescribed.
Additional Information
  • Avoid the use of straws until all sutures are removed.
  • When blood mixes with saliva it seems like a more substantial amount of bleeding than it actually is. Do not be alarmed if you notice an area of blood on your pillow in the morning. This is very common and will diminish over time.
  • If sutures become loose or stringy, do not pull on them. If you are uncertain as to what to do, please call the office.
  • If you feel that you have an infection contact Dr. Ratliff immediately at 773.420.9880