Prior to your soft tissue grafting surgery, a periodontal stent will be created based on a model of your mouth. The periodontal stent is a hard, thin piece of plastic that functions to protect the palate (roof of the mouth) after soft tissue grafting surgery.
After your periodontist completes your soft tissue grafting, they will insert your stent and ensure its proper fit. Do not remove your stent for the first 24 hours following you gum grafting procedure.
After 24 hours, you may remove your stent to rinse and wash it gently. When removing your stent, expect to see a small membrane with some blood. This membrane was placed by your periodontist to protect the surgical site. It is OK for the membrane to be washed away and removed before re-inserting your stent.
After 24 hours, you may wear your stent as often as you feel is necessary. Most patients report wearing their stent for 5-7 days post-operatively. The stent effectively shields and protects the surgical site on the palate of the mouth when eating, drinking, talking, and sleeping.