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What to do after a gum transplant
To do
  • Chew on the opposite side for 2 weeks
  • If you have silicone pads, avoid dislodging them
  • You don't need to bite on gauzes
  • Resume eating a normal solid diet as soon as possible
  • Do not brush the grafted area for 2 weeks
  • Do not brush the palate if a graft has been harvested from the palate

To avoid

  • No smoking for 1 month

  • Avoid rinsing, spitting and drinking through a straw on the 1st day to avoid dislodging the blood clot.


  • Do not eat foods that are too hot or spicy on the 1st day. (including coffees)

  • Eating foods rich in protein and vitamin C is recommended.

  • Eat soft foods at the start if necessary.

To help

  • Brush your teeth well and floss.

  • Brush teeth lightly in the grafted area only if you are able to avoid touching the gum tissue

  • Rinsing with salt and water after 48 hours can help with the healing. But don't gargle.


  • Take the antibiotics (penicillin, amoxicillin, clindamycin, zithromax) as directed for 7 or 10 days.

  • Do not stop taking antibiotics unless you develop an allergy (e.g. redness)

  • Take pain relievers and / or anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, Advil, Tylenol) as needed.

  • If this is insufficient, take those with codeine (Empracet, Percocet, Percodan) as needed (do not drive because they can cause dizziness).

  • If your dentist has prescribed Dexamethasone, remember to lower the dose as recommended. Also, sometimes swelling can occur after this medication is finished.

  • If your stomach cannot tolerate the medication, call your dentist.

  • Taking Aspirin may increase the bleeding.


  • Apply ice to the side of the cheek for 20 min / h the day of surgery and the next day if your transplant is extensive

  • During the days following surgery, you can apply warm compresses to relax the muscles.


  • The sutures are often non resorbable and will be removed by your dentist after 1 to 4 weeks depending on healing.

Silicone dressing

  • The silicone dressing on the palate should remain at least 48 hours.

  • If you lose your dressing too soon, please make an appointment.

In case of emergency or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.

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