Gingival Grafting | Dr. Jeffrey Schupper
Dr. Jeffrey Schupper
Gingival Grafting

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  • Welcome
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  • Questions for My Healthcare Team
    • My Current Medications
      • Can you review my medication list with me?
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      • Will I need to stop or change any of my current medications?
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    • Choice of Anesthesia
      • What are my options for sedation during this procedure?
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    • Lab Tests
      • Do I need any tests done before this procedure?
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    • My Procedure
      • Why do I need this procedure?
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      • What will this procedure do?
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      • What are the risks and possible complications of this procedure?
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      • Do I have any other options?
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      • How soon would you recommend that I have this procedure?
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      • What can I expect if I choose not to have this procedure?
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      • What can I expect if I choose to delay this procedure?
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      • What type of tissue graft will you use (ie. connective-tissue, free gingival, pedicle)?
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      • What type of tissue graft do you recommend?
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      • Will my graft come from my tissue or a tissue bank?
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      • How long will my graft last?
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      • How will my graft be attached to my affected area?
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      • How will this procedure affect my sensitivity to food?
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      • Will I need additional procedures after this one?
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      • How long will this procedure take?
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      • What are my options for pain during this procedure?
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    • Recovery After My Procedure
      • What can I expect my pain to be like?
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      • What are my options for pain medications after the procedure?
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      • What will my mouth feel like after this procedure?
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      • How will my palate feel after this procedure (if connective-tissue or free gingival grafts used)?
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      • When can I eat or drink after this procedure?
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      • How long will it be before I can get back to my normal routine?
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    • Preparing for My Procedure
      • Do I need to see a periodontist prior to this procedure?
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      • Do I need to stop eating and drinking before my procedure?
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      • What time should I arrive for my procedure?
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      • Can I get directions and contact information for your clinic/hospital?
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      • Will I need someone to drive me home from the clinic/hospital?
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  • Preferences to Share with My Healthcare Team
    • General Preferences
      • What are your preferences regarding surgery, if you need it? Choices: • I would prefer not to have surgery if possible. • I am willing to have surgery if necessary, even if that means I have to modify my lifestyle before and after. • I will only have surgery if I know I'll have a quick recovery and I don't have to change my lifestyle.
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      • How would you rate your overall health (1 - Poor to 5 - Very Good)?
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      • Discuss the types of support you may need during treatment and recovery and whether you have any family/friends that will be able to help if needed
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      • Is there anything in your home that may affect your surgery or recovery from surgery (eg. I live alone, my house has lots of stairs, I have pets, etc.)?
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      • Discuss your past medical history, including previous hospitalizations and medical procedures as well as any current medical conditions you have
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      • I would like help discussing or recording my preferences for an advance directive or end of life care plan
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  • Things to Do
    • General Instructions
      • Arrange for someone to take care of responsibilities at home and work if needed
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      • Arrange for someone to take you home from the office if needed
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      • Call your dentist if you think of other questions
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      • Notify your dentist if you get sick within 10 days of your procedure (even minor illnesses like a cold)
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      • Stop eating and/or drinking as advised by your dentist
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      • Make sure you have the dentist's contact information and directions to the clinic/hospital
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  • Questions for My Healthcare Team
    • General Questions
      • How long will my procedure take?
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      • What can I expect during this procedure?
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  • Preferences to Share with My Healthcare Team
    • General Preferences
      • Provide your healthcare team with the names and contact information of people who should be contacted or allowed to see you
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      • Provide your healthcare team with a list of items that you will need with you in the hospital
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      • Inform your doctor about the location of your advance directive or end of life care plan (if you have one)
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      • Notify your healthcare team about any spiritual preferences you may have
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      • Provide your healthcare team with a list of preferences that would help you feel more comfortable in the hospital
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  • Things to Do
    • General Instructions
      • Make sure your identity has been confirmed with name and date of birth
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      • Make sure your procedure, side and site has been confirmed
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      • Confirm any allergies and side-effects you might have
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      • Make sure you understand and have signed any informed consent forms
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  • Questions for My Healthcare Team
    • Questions to Ask After My Procedure
      • How did my procedure go?
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      • When can I restart my usual prescription medications?
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      • When can I eat or drink?
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      • When will I be ready to leave the office?
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      • How are we going to manage my pain at home?
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      • Do I have any prescriptions that need to be filled?
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      • Are there any foods or medications that I need to avoid?
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      • What can I do about my tooth sensitivity to food?
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      • Are there any special instructions for taking care of my mouth?
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      • When can I brush or floss my affected area?
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      • Do I need to come back for a follow-up appointment?
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      • Do I have sutures that need to be removed?
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      • What can my activity level be when I get home?
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      • When can I resume my normal routine?
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  • Preferences to Share with My Healthcare Team
    • General Preferences
      • Make a list of things you may need extra help with around the house after your surgery and discuss with your healthcare team if arranging for support is a challenge
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      • Discuss any specific goals you might have for your recovery once you leave the hospital
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  • Things to Do
    • General Instructions
      • Make sure your care providers wash their hands before and after your care
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      • Do not get up without help if you feel weak or dizzy
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  • Questions for My Healthcare Team
    • Call The Dentist If
      • You have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
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      • You notice increased redness, swelling, warmth, or pain around your procedure site
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      • You notice that your procedure site is separating or you have infected discharge from your procedure site
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      • Your affected area is repeatedly bleeding
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      • Your gums (or palate if applicable) are more swelling or bruised than what your dentist said to expect
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      • Your graft is discolored
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      • Your graft is not properly secured to your affected area
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      • You have pain that your existing pain medications cannot control
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  • Things to Do
    • General Instructions
      • Take pain and other medications as prescribed
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      • Do not drive when you are on prescription pain medications
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      • Follow your dentist's instructions on eating and drinking
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      • Follow your dentist's instructions on caring for your procedure site
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      • Eat soft, cool foods for a week or two following your procedure
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      • Brush your teeth gently while your gums heal
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      • Use ice packs on the outside of your cheeks to help reduce swelling
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      • Don't smoke
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      • Follow your dentist's instructions on resuming normal daily activities
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