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Gum Grafting After Care

It is important to follow specific care instructions to enhance the success of your surgical procedure. 


  1. It is Imperative that you minimise the amount of movement exerted to the grafted area for the first 3 days after your procedure and continue to be careful for 10 days after your procedure. 

  2. During the first 3 day period, you MUST avoid touching the grafted area. Avoid cheek pulling, avoid hard foods (foods that cannot be cut with a plastic knife cannot be consumed), avoid vigorous mouth washing or even toothbrushing around the area (until advised otherwise).

  3. After 24 hours, use Chlorhexidine based mouthwash or warm salt water (half a teaspoon of salt in half a glass of warm water) to rinse after eating or 2-3 times a day. When you mouth rinse,, do not rinse vigorously. Instead, simply head tilt with the mouthwash in place and hold for 30 seconds before spitting.

  4. Avoid vigorous exercise or excessive alcohol for 24 hours as these can cause bleeding.

  5. Refrain from smoking. You will benefit greatly from nicotine patches or substitutes for one week prior and three weeks post operatively.

  6. Avoid food and drinks that are too hot or too cold for 10 days after your procedure. Ensure your food is of room temperature. 

  7. Do not use manual or electric toothbrush in the surgical area until directed by your doctor. 

  8. You will be reviewed at days 3 and 10 after your procedure. If you have any questions, please reach us via the chatbot.

Medication Protocol

Vitamin D: 50,000iu 

One month before surgery: take 1 capsule

Week of surgery: take one capsule 

One month after surgery: take 1 capsule



Vitamin C: 1500mg per day starting 5 days prior to your procedure., and maintain for a total of 10 days.

Vitamin B12: Opti B12 1.2mg tablets.

Take One tablet daily for 30 days, starting 1 week before surgery.

Prescription medication as prescribed.

1. Antibiotics as per your prescription.

2. Brufen: 400mg ibuprofen 1 tablet taken every 4 hours for 5 days

3. Paracetamol 500mg, take 1 to 2 tablets, every 4 hours as required for pain relief.

4. Numbing gel (Xylocaine 5% Ointment) can be applied to the painful area, as required, for severe pain relief. No more than 17 to 20g should be administered in a 24 hour period.




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