Most patients can return to non-strenuous work the day after a gum graft.
If you receive a pedicle or free gingival graft, you can expect some pain in the roof of your mouth, similar to the feeling of having burned your mouth with hot food. It will take one to two weeks for your graft to heal. During that time, you should take care to avoid strenuous activity and to eat only mild foods such as yogurt, eggs, and bananas. As you heal, you should not brush or floss near the surgical site. Instead, you will be given a special mouth rinse that will remove bacteria from the area.