Gum graft can be used for two reasons-to improve the appearance of one’s smile or to protect the teeth from gum recession. The dental process in which the tissue that surrounds the teeth, pulls away from a tooth, exposing more of the tooth is known as gum recession. When impacted by gum recession, you may need a gum graft surgery to protect your dental health.
A) what causes recession:
Gum recession is caused by a number of factors, like heavy tartar buildup, gum disease, brushing aggressively, clenching or grinding your teeth, or genetics.
B) Post-op Care after Gum Grafting
To keep gum graft pain to a minimum and to avoid any unnecessary complications,follow these simple instructions:
- To reduce bleeding, place gauze on either side of the grafted site, but not on top of it.
- Avoid physical activities for the first 24 hours after the procedure
- Keep your tongue away from the grafted site and don't remove the dressing.
- Stay away from hot foods and drinks for a couple days, and stick to soft foods and liquids for the first week. As you return to a normal diet, be careful when chewing near the site.
- Don't brush or rinse your mouth the day of the surgery.
- Be careful when brushing the grafted site for the first 30 days. Use soft bristled toothbrushes and use gentle movements.