Not Fun, But Not Too Bad. . .

I had a gum graft on my front lower gum area two and a half weeks ago.

I didn't have braces as a kid, and got them about a year and a half ago. I guess the movement of my teeth because of the braces damaged my lower gums, which had been somewhat receding already. About two months ago, my gums got infected in that area and I lost some of the tissue, leaving the root of one tooth exposed.

I really, really did not want to have the gum graft, but I didn't want to lose the tooth, either. I love how good my teeth are looking with the braces. . .I can't wait to get them off soon. . . but I'm not sure I would do it again, knowing I'd have to get the graft.

The procedure itself was okay. I didn't have any valium or anything, just numbing gel and then novacaine. The ***** of the needle hurt a little, and then it was just kind of awful knowing what the periodontist was doing (cutting tissue off the roof of my mouth, ugh). My lip started aching at the end of the procedure, which was less than an hour, and I couldn't say anything because they were working in my mouth, doing the stitches. As soon as it was done, I told them it hurt and got another shot which immediately stopped the pain.

I spent the rest of the day on the couch, with my husband taking wonderful care of me. I could only eat soft food, on the side of my mouth where I didn't have any stitches, for about 3 days. I took advil for the pain, nothing serious, just some achiness. I napped a lot -- drooling blood, ick -- and it did take a day or two for the bleeding to stop from the roof of my mouth. My chin swelled up hugely despite the ice packs. I went back to work after the weekend (had the surgery on a Friday) but it was still hard to talk normally, and everyone commented on the huge bruise.

The worst thing was the bruising -- my chin turned purple and yellow -- and it's still very vivid. I think it will be 6 weeks or more before the bruise goes away, so I feel a bit self-conscious about going out in public, and everyone I know asks me what happened when I run into them.

When I went back to get the stitches out, even the periodontist was surprised by the extent of the bruising, and I had to get extra stitches because the graft had been pulled away slightly because of  the bruising. I do bruise easily and have very fair skin, but I wasn't warned about that part of it!

The graft does seem to be taking. I can't brush there or really look at it yet (pulling my lip out to see it might keep it from attaching). Now that I've mostly healed, it's not that bad. I can't wait for the bruise to go away, though. 

Nineve Nineve
31-35, F
1 Response Jun 25, 2007

I am still confused as to why we are not informed about the bruising and the swelling and the misery. I guess when they explain it they need to be evasive or we would not "go for it".