Surgical Instructions
After Bone Grafting

In addition to the general postoperative instructions, these following steps should be taken:

Your bone grafting is made up of multiple particles. You may find some small particles in your mouth for the first few days. Do not be alarmed by these. The socket has been overpage to allow the small amount of particles to be lost. Here are a few things that can be done to minimize the amount of lost particles.

  • Do not rinse or spit vigorously for 3 to 5 days
  • Do not avoid cleaning the area. Most of the time the sutures are dissolvable and will dissolve within 12 days.
  • Do not apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the graft area because the material used is movable during the initial healing period.
  • Avoid chewing hard foods on the graft site. Doing so can decrease the body's ability to heal around the graft.
  • Do not pull on your lip to look at the sutures. This can cause damage to the site and tear sutures.
  • Do not use any mouth rinse, unless prescribed, while the site is still healing. You may rinse with warm salt water to clean the area.
  • Do not smoke for 1 week after procedure.
  • For the first day, it is advisable to let the blood clot stabilize by not rinsing your mouth. Following the first day, gentle rinsing would be advised; avoid vigorous rinsing because you can still disturb some of the bone graft granules. If a partial denture or a flipper was placed in your mouth, you will probably have to see your restorative dentist to have it adjusted and learn how to remove and replace it appropriately.

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