5 Tips for a Healthy Recovery after Gum Grafting

If you are unhappy about how long or uneven your teeth look, you’re most likely a good candidate for soft tissue grafting. Also known as gum grafting, this procedure addresses these aesthetic concerns while also correcting functional issues such as sensitive or loose teeth and preventing decay and infection. Tissue grafting is a surgical procedure, so it’s important to understand the recovery process to ensure you’re healing properly. Dr. Anderson, our board-certified periodontist, discusses the best ways you can experience a healthy recovery after gum grafting.


  1. Start with a liquid diet. For the first few days after soft tissue surgery, your gums will need an optimal healing environment to jumpstart a healthy recovery. Stick to a vitamin-rich rotation of pureed soups, smoothies, or yogurt. Avoid eating until your meal has reached room temperature and refrain from using a straw. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  2. Avoid brushing and flossing. Good oral hygiene is necessary, but after gum grafting, keep the toothbrush and floss away from the surgical site. Irritation or damage to the area can increase the risk of the gum graft failing. It’s often recommended that you put off brushing and flossing for at least a week after surgery after which you can gently use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  3. Use ice packs as directed. Swelling will occur after soft tissue surgery and often lasts about a week. To help minimize this and associated discomfort, apply an ice pack to the area for 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off, and repeat this for 2-3 hours. Be sure to cover the ice pack with a thin towel and never directly apply the ice pack to your face.
  4. Take time to rest and relax. For the first three days after surgery, refrain from strenuous exercise or other physical activities. This can cause unnecessary swelling and bleeding at the surgical site that can compromise the healing of the gum graft. Take a few days to let your body recover from surgery, especially if you received sedation during the procedure.
  5. Stay in contact with our periodontist. At any time during your recovery from gum grafting you experience complications, contact our periodontist immediately. Problems with the surgical site will need to be addressed as soon as possible to be properly evaluated and treated.


Minimally-Invasive Treatment from the Expert

If you are receiving soft tissue grafting at Anderson Periodontal Wellness, you’ll experience minimally invasive treatment from our expert periodontist, Dr. Anderson. Using specialized techniques and a personalized approach, she can restore optimal health to your gum tissues and provide you with a beautiful, functional smile once again. Before leaving our office, we will provide the post-operative instructions you’ll need to experience a comfortable recovery after surgery.


Concerned About Your Recovery?

If you’re worried about healing after gum grafting or need more questions answered, don’t wait to contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness! Dr. Anderson is here to ensure you have a safe and comfortable treatment—and a healthy recovery. Schedule an appointment online or call our Bloomfield Hills, MI office at (248) 480-4910 today.

Common Health Risks Associated with Gum Disease

Gum Disease Health Risk Assessment

You may not be worried about gums that occasionally bleed when you floss, but if this occurs routinely, and your gums also appear red and swollen, it’s time to seek an evaluation. Tender gums that bleed easily and often may be a sign that you have gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, encourages you to schedule a consultation if you’re experiencing symptoms to avoid common health risks associated with untreated gum disease.


Why Is Gum Disease Dangerous?

Gum (periodontal) disease is caused by bacteria that accumulate beneath the gum line and the periodontal pockets surrounding teeth. The resulting gum inflammation and infection can lead to receding gums, destruction of vital bone, loose teeth, and tooth loss. Most concerning is the link between advanced gum disease and other chronic diseases: systemic inflammation.

Scientific evidence increasingly points to the relationship between the chronic inflammation of periodontal disease and the aggravation of underlying conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. Untreated gum disease not only destroys your oral structures—it can have a significant and dangerous impact on your body, too.

Gum Disease and Diabetes

Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease, most likely due to their susceptibility to infection. Similarly, the presence of gum disease can make it more difficult to control blood sugar and can lead to diabetic complications.

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

The presence of gum disease nearly doubles an individual’s risk for heart disease and puts them at a significantly greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Some research has shown oral bacteria can travel throughout the body and cause inflammation of the heart’s blood vessels, which may lead to a sudden cardiovascular event.

Gum Disease and Arthritis

Both gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis are inflammatory conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own joints and tissues, causing painful swelling and inflammation. Certain evidence points to the possibility of the immune system being further stimulated by chronic oral inflammation.

How Our Periodontist Can Reduce Your Risk

With specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, is considered a gum disease expert and an ideal choice for your treatment. Along with providing targeted procedures, including laser therapy, she can also triage for medical consultation, so you receive comprehensive treatment of oral and systemic inflammation. She will work closely with your primary care doctor to help get your gum disease under control and reduce your risk for systemic complications.


Have Symptoms? Don’t Wait to Schedule!

Early detection and treatment of gum disease are critical for your long-term oral and physical health. If you have tender, bleeding gums that are starting to pull away from your teeth, contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness for an evaluation with Dr. Anderson. Schedule online or call our Bloomfield Hills, MI office at (248) 480-4910 today!