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Getting a Graft from the Roof of Your Mouth Doesn't Have to Hurt

Posted on 1/17/2017 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
A patients teeth suffering from gum disease; and is in need of a gum graft.
Whether from periodontal disease, brushing your teeth too hard or just bad genetics, gum recession can cause several oral health issues. As your gums recede, the roots of your teeth become exposed, leaving you susceptible to sensitivity.

Your teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay and your chances of infection in your gums and jawbone greatly increase. In order to fix severely receding gums, a gum graft is necessary.

What is a Gum Graft?

A gum graft is a surgical procedure that takes tissue from one area of your mouth and attaches it over the teeth that have suffered gum recession. The most common types of gum grafts use tissue from the roof of your mouth. A free gingival graft uses the tissue directly from the roof of your mouth.

This procedure can often be painful, as it leaves an open wound while it heals. There is an alternative, however, that can greatly reduce the amount of pain you might experience after the procedure.

Connective-Tissue Graft

A connective-tissue graft is similar to a free gingival graft in that it uses tissue from the roof of your mouth. However, instead of simply removing tissue directly from the surface, a small incision is made and the tissue from under the flap is used. After the tissue is stitched to the gums over your exposed teeth, the flap is stitched closed, covering the wound.

Your surgeon will use at least a local anesthetic to make you comfortable during your procedure, ensuring that you don't feel any pain. After your procedure, you can use over the counter pain medications to help ease any pain. Taking some before your anesthetic wears off can prevent serious pain, which usually peaks about 4 to 6 hours after.

Limiting your activities during the first few days and avoiding any that are too strenuous can also help. Eat a nutritious diet of soft foods. Don't brush or floss the area until the has healed, which could take at least one to two weeks.

With a connective-tissue gum graft and following your surgeon's directions while you heal, you can get through the gum graft process with little to no pain. If you have suffered severe gum recession, contact our office today for more information.

The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have twice daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields

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2921 Landmark Place, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53713

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