Not That Bad - Including Update and QuestionAfter reading this board the day before my gum grafting I was terrified! Luckily, so far things are going well. The procedure (done only with novocaine) wasn't fun, but I didn't feel any pain. It was over in about 20 minutes. The doctor gave me 800 mg of advil right away and so far I haven't had a lot of pain. (I've kept taking 600mg of advil at regular intervals.) Last night (I had the grafting done yesterday morning) I was more sore than at any other point and I took one vicodin at bedtime to assure sleep. (Had it hurt like that during the day I would have just stuck with advil. It wasn't excruciating, just very sore. I slept well and woke up today a little sore and a little swollen, but not bad.
The roof of my mouth (donor site) remarkably hurts very little. It's raw but not all that sore. The site that received the gum (and the stitches!) is definitely sore but it's manageable. I can brush the teeth around both sites but use a prescription mouthwash starting this morning to keep the rest clean. The swelling is barely noticeable to look at me, but I can feel it. I can eat regular food, just nothing sharp, hard or crunchy for the next week and I have to chew on the opposite side of my mouth. The only real caveat I got was nothing hot for the first 24 hours (might cause bleeding).
Hopefully things will continue to go well. *crosses fingers* I have to get another tooth done on the other side of my mouth after this one is healed up.
UPDATE: Well five days in and the white grafted gum hasn't started turning red or pink, in fact, while the stitches are still holding it in place by the tooth it doesn't seem to be connected to the gum at all and shifts around. I have a call in to my periodonist's office but they don't have office hours today. I'm afraid that the graft might not be "taking" and worry about what that means. For those of you who have healed up - how long before the grafted gum started turning red and integrating with the rest of your gums?
UPDATE 4/16: I got the stitches out today. Periodontist said that the gum is thicker in that area, but since I still have some recession he'd like to do some "touch up" work on it. However, it's possible he can just move over gum that's there rather than getting gum from my palate again. I'm relieved to know that the procedure worked, even if not 100%. I go back in three weeks for another post-op visit and he'll decide then what he's going to do. Gum is still tender in that area but not really painful. I have to be really, really careful while brushing around that area, though.