Richard T Herman, D.M.D.
Central Pennsylvania Periodontics
570-743-1155

Gingival, Pedical, Sub-epithel Grafts

  1. The dressing placed in your mouth is for your comfort and for protection of the operative site. SMALL PIECES OR ENTIRE PACKlNG MAY BREAK OFF. This is ALRIGHT as long as you can rinse to keep the area clean and you are comfortable.

  2. Take medications as directed or you may take Tylenol, Advil, or whatever you normally take for pain.

  3. To prevent swelling, ICE should be applied to your face in the area operated on, using it for 10 minutes and then leaving it off for 10 minutes. This should be continued for 2-3 hours the first day of surgery. If swelling persists beyond the first 24 hours, apply heat instead of ice.

  4. Slight swelling and/or bruising the 1st. or 2nd day is normal, however, if swelling begins after 3 or 4 days, call the office.

  5. Your graft will go through color changes, it will get puffy and red, then white, then pink, THIS IS NORMAL.

  6. All sutures will dissolve, they could begin to do this within a day, or up to 3 weeks.

  7. You are permitted to eat or drink whatever you like. We advise you to stay away from small seeds, hot and spicy foods, and sharp foods such as chips and doritos. Try to keep food away from graft area. DO NOT use a straw today.

  8. Absolutely NO BRUSHING, flossing or proxabrushing where you had surgery, until told otherwise by Dr. Herman. Start to rinse with warm salt water rinses the day after surgery. (About 8oz. water/1 tsp. salt)

  9. There may be occasional bloodstains in your saliva during the first day - this is normal. If the bleeding becomes excessive, place a wet regular tea bag on the area with light pressure for 15 minutes - remove and repeat. If bleeding persists, call the office.

  10. Avoid activities where you could bump the surgical graft area, this could compromise the graft taking.

  11. Please feel free to call the office at (570)743-1155 if there are any problems. We have a 24-hour answering service.