3rd Time's A Charm! Gum Graft Surgery Is Agony!I am on day 3 of recovery for the gingiva graft surgery using my palate as a donor.
I understand that everyone's experience is different with gum graft surgery. This is my 3rd time for this procedure in 3 years. I'll give you the run down over the last 3 years:
1st attempt (with Alloderm): I had 6 teeth in total grafted upper and lower left jaw. I was knocked out cold. I didn't feel anything for the first day - but in the days following, I developed a really bad infection as I was not given penicillin for potential infection. I was in a fair amount of pain!
2nd attempt (with Alloderm): I had 6 teeth in total grafted upper and lower right. I was knocked out cold. HEALING WAS A BREEZE! I was given antibiotics to ward off any potential infection, and healing time was pretty fast.
Fast forward 3 years later, and I'm told I need gum graft surgery AGAIN, because the "Alloderm" did not 'take'. This time it would only be for 2 teeth in total upper and lower left (kinda makes sense, since this was the side that I had the infection on). However, the only difference would be, is that the donor tissue would come from my hard palate. While I didn't like this idea to begin with (which is why I had initially opted for the Alloderm because I have zero tolerance for extreme pain), I was told by my dentist that my own tissue would have a better chance at adhering to my OWN gums rather than Alloderm. OK....*sigh* FINE....let's get this done and over with.
I am currently on Day 3 of healing, and childbirth is like peeling off a bandaid compared to this pain! I feel like someone KICKED ME in the roof of my mouth with HOT SPIKED METAL. During Day 1, I felt so nauseated from literally swallowing quarts of blood that I had lost, which is disgusting in itself. I was not given any 'mouth guard' or any patch. Just stitches! I have stitches in the left side roof of my mouth and if it isn't throbbing, I get seering 'lighting bolt' pain through the left side of my face. The Tyenol 3 just makes me feel HIGH. Oh and let's not forget the gargantuan migraine I had which felt like 100000 Hiroshima bombs going off in my head and nothing would help it, until I popped a PERK! That just made me so high that I passed out....my migraine is gone today, but I still get the occasional "lightening shock" pain in the side of my face. Not that I know what its like to be struck by lightening, but if this is it...oh holy hell.
But apparently the worst is over according to my dentist after I called him today desperate for answers. Apparently this is also NORMAL for some people! WHAT!?!?! He said that by Day 4 and onward I should start to feel a bit better.
But don't let my 3rd experience scare you. I just have an extremely low tolerance for pain.
I'm so sick of soup, Jello and Kraft Dinner.....*sigh*