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Brian D. Huber, D.D.S., M.S.
37 Timber Lane
Nevin Zablotsky, D.M.D.
So. Burlington, Vermont 05403
(802) 862-1435 (800) 783-2526
POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING GINGIVAL GRAFTING
Some discomfort is expected and is usually controlled with the medications
prescribed. While taking Medrol (steroid), do not take additional anti-inflammatory drugs such
as Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen). Tylenol may be used. Once you have finished the Medrol
prescription, you may begin taking ibuprofen as necessary. If you feel you need additional pain
medication please contact our office.
Swelling, bruising or a black eye may occur as a result of this surgery. These
symptoms are a part of the normal healing process and usually peak at day three; these symptoms
should resolve completely after one week. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the outside
of your face immediately after surgery and continue, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off,
throughout the day and evening. Elevate your head with extra pillows following surgery.
Sipping ice water or iced tea is helpful to maintain a cool mouth temperature and increase fluid
intake. Do not use a straw for several days, as this creates a suction in the mouth and may
increase bleeding or disrupt the graft.
You will likely experience some oozing of blood following surgery. A small amount
of blood in saliva is normal and does not require attention. If you experience active bleeding, the
source is likely the roof of your mouth. Locate the source of the bleeding and apply
uninterrupted pressure with a moist gauze or tea bag for twenty minutes. If bleeding continues
while applying pressure, relocate the position of pressure application. If bleeding does not stop
with pressure, please call our office.
Please DO NOT brush or floss in the area where the graft was placed until after
your post-operative visit in our office. At that time we will review the appropriate home care
techniques with you. In all unaffected areas, continue your normal home care routine. Please
use the prescribed mouthrinse at least twice daily to help keep the surgical area clean.
Diet and nutrition:
A very soft to liquid, cool diet is recommended for the first few days after
surgery. Avoid hot foods or drinks for the first 24 hours to limit bleeding and inflammation.
Suggested foods for immediately after surgery: Jello, ice cream, milkshakes, yogurt, applesauce,
protein shakes. Later, as tolerated: soft foods such as pasta, scrambled eggs, soups, mashed
potatoes, cooked vegetables. Avoid crusty, crunchy, seedy or hard-to-chew foods until after
your post-operative visit.
Please do not disrupt the graft in any way. Avoid pulling on your lip to look at
the graft, as this can dislodge the graft and cause it to fail. Avoid activities during which you
may be struck in the mouth.
Please call our office with any questions or concerns. If the office is closed, please call Dr.
Huber at 288-8003 or 373-9861.
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